Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Musings - Reworking the Past

I’m currently reworking past releases that I received the rights back on.  It’s amazing the difference a few years can make in ones perspective on a prior creation.  And not just by the  editors.  But re-edits by a new eye is interesting too in how they see things compared to the prior editor.
But my focus on reworking has been my own eyes view before it goes to the editor.  That then brings highlights to other areas and the potential to change.  This is what I’m going through now with two books.  One book is in the hands of an editor with Passion in Print Publishing and her suggestions helped make a stronger story.  The re-release of Barely Legal has added heat and numerous areas where she suggested beefing up descriptions for a better visual by the reader and is scheduled to release June 21st.

The other is with an independent editor and will be a self-published release in late May or early June.  Call Me was my first ever published book and going through it to tweak before sending for edits, I could only scratch my head.  How did I make such goofs?  The first round edits are over and once again, very good suggestions from the editor to expand and improve.  And the title has changed too.  Now Educating Amber will be the first in the Call Me series.  The second book in the series will probably re-release in August.  Also, on the planning board is at least one new book.
And that’s what I’m up to at the moment on the re-releases.  The new books, that’s a different story.  Working on two at the moment and once the above edits are off my plate, the new ones will receive full attention.

Now, I have a question for you? 
For Readers:  Do you re-read prior books if you know changes have been made or the story has been expanded?

For Authors:  Do you ever go back and read your old works and swear if opportunity arises, you’re going to make changes?  


Sharon Ledwith said...

Oh yeah - but not many changes. Congrats on getting your rights back, Lizzie! Best wishes on your revisions! We authors are sometimes our own worst enemies! LOL!

Sam Cheever said...

I have my eye on reworking a couple of my earlier books if/when I get the rights back. It's amazing the perspective you gain on a story with the passage of time. I'd like to think I'm improving in my craft with every book I write, so it makes sense I'd be less than thrilled with some of my earlier stuff. I actually have reworked a couple of them already and was pleased with the results.

Vonnie said...

Yes and yes!

Lizzie said...

Thank you, Sharon...and you're right. Yesterday was one of those times in my world...LOL

Lizzie said...

It sure is, Sam. And I'm with you on the goal to improve. When an editor makes suggestions I seriously consider them and have learned a lot in the process.

Lizzie said...

LOL, Vonnie! See you feel the pain!