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MONSTER FACTORY now available as a pre-order on Amazon!

Hey everyone!

Just a quick word that today marked the first day that my family started decorating for Christmas. I know what some of you are thinking, but trust me, my wife loves Christmas and even getting her to wait this long to decorate took a mountain of convincing. Still, the house looks great with all the decorations and lights on outside. Also, holiday baking took off today with some delicious butter tarts and some chocolate dipped peanut butter balls. Hope you all are getting into the holiday season.

A few quick things: Monster Factory has been available on paperback for a bit now, but the ebook will be available for purchase on December 1st. I went exclusive on Amazon and I hope that doesn’t exclude any of my readers. I simply want to give Milo all the help he needs finding new readers and I am betting that being on Amazon is the best move right now.

Also, the winner of THE BLACKWELL WITCH contest has been selected and a congratulatory email was sent so if you are that lucky winner please send me a quick response so we can get this ball rolling!

Why write a prologue?

Well, cause they’re awesome. That’s why.

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Actually, there’s a good many reasons why I choose to write prologues. I come from a screenwriting background and when writing screenplays I was always taught that the hook - or the opening scene - should be the one to reel you in. Readers and even movie-goers have an incredibly short attention span - so you got a very narrow timeframe to get in there - make them feel something about the characters and then - jerk the line to set the hook (it’s a fishing analogy, trust me, I looked it up.).

Also, it’s always good practice to shorten the scenes you are writing until there is absolutely no fluff. Like those monster bodybuilders I see in the gym as I walk by with my Cinnabon. Cut, lean, stripped of everything except what you absolutely need. If you can do that (in your story, that is) then you will have a high-octane thrill ride of a narrative that will keep people turning the pages, or swiping the screen, or however you guys and gals read out there.

The process is simple, and its the same principles as attending parties in person. Get in late and leave early. Start the scene at the height of action and then leave just before the conclusion leaving the reader wondering…what happened? I hope they are okay? etc. If someone reads your first chapter and has a bunch of questions about the welfare of the characters you have done your job as a writer.

Speaking of writing and stuff, Monster Factory is currently on Wattpad. Give it a read HERE and let me know what you think. By no means am I an expert on anything, writing included, but I get up every day, grab my coffee and keep hitting the keys because that’s what I love to do.

As always I love hearing from you and I read every email. Contact me HERE and keep sending me suggestions for future Milo Jenkins books - they are awesome and I am definitely going to use most of them. If I use your idea in a book I will include your name in the acknowledgements!