Different Kind of Poverty
A Novel by Peter G. Brown
publishing this novel
I wanted to
show what tends to happen when people don’t have a strong
novel during the 1970s and 80s when a great many young people in the
and vibrant culture
to protect themselves from evils and destructive behaviour.
belief in religion to fall by the wayside, instead following hedonistic
behaviour patterns such as the
use of recreational drugs and unrestrained
sexual freedom, and also succumbing to the habit of putting
of morality, thus the urge to be generous and help others who are worse
than oneself was replaced by an uncontrollable impulse to cast off
thought I had completed this novel I then attempted to get it published. I contacted several publishers.
Their response was just like a chorus: we
don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts and advise you to try a literary
I tried several literary agents
but every one of them told me they had enough authors on their
books and were
not interested in another author at the present time (1987).
the days of mechanical typewriters, when, if you wanted to make changes
or correct an error you had to paint out the line of print and
retype the change. If the change was too
then you retyped the whole page. These days it is much easier
to correct a
mistake – you just use magical Microsoft Word!
doesn’t automatically solve the problem of mistakes and typos:
there are all those bits in the text where a word is misspelt or when
re-and-re-reading the text for the fourth or fifth time and fail to
spot something wrong.
When you think the
pages are all perfect, then having sent the manuscript off to be
self-publishing company you hastily open the freshly produced book at a
random page and there is
that word! – how
could I have not seen that? Instead
of opposite sex it is there glaring
at you: opposite six!!!
So this time
I made the biggest effort ever to correct errors. On
the one hand I am pleased that this work
has been published with the aid of self-publisher X Libris. But on the other I am obliged to apologise to
those who might find the contents of the story offensive.
I have tried right from the beginning
it true to life, using research and gathered information, while at the
time keeping it plausible.
So all I can
say is: hope you like it and enjoy the read.
Peter G. Brown
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