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I must bee an reel orthor, I haz beetah reedahs!

That’s right, I finally have some people willing to look at my writing and give genuine, constructive feedback. And none of them are my mum or my wife! Bonus!

Seriously though. It’s actually quite hard for someone such as myself – a number of short stories published, but no novel or mainstream hugs acceptance – to find people that;
a) aren’t friends
b) aren’t related to me
c) can give me constructive criticism without me getting all defensive and scrunchy-faced towards them.

The good thing is, this is a quid pro quo agreement. Which is a posh way of saying, “I’ll help you if you’ll help me.” So I get to see their babies and they get to see mine, and we’re at the reaonably comfortable stage of being able to say  “Man, your baby fell out of the ugly tree, and hit every ugly branch before slamming into the ugly ground.” and then suggest corrective surgery that will take that ugly baby and transform it into an angel. Mooooooooooaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!

What I believe this will do is (in no specific order);  
a) expose other people to my writing.
b) get them all excited about the world(s) I’ve created.
c) help me see where my writing might cause confusion.
d) make me a better writer.

This will hopefully mean that I’ll be spamming you about my new novel being released in the near(ish) future. That, or I’ll post moany statuses on Facebook.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


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