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Do you think that if 'The Casual Vacancy' was sent to a publisher prior to the Harry Potter success, that it would have made it as a manuscript by an unknown author?

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Amani Bey No. Only because it wouldn't have been marketable. The book and its summary is very vague. I read it on the strength of the writer's name. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's "too dry" for a first book... They'd make her chop it down to 300 pages... And rework the beginning. The character development would go to a loss for plot development.;To keep readers hooked.
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