I started my debut novel, The Woman on the Painted Horse, on September 18, 2009 (Wow, eight years? Where has the time gone?), and while I still have three years left in my contract with Soul Mate Publishing for it, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I wasn’t already thinking about what to do with it when the day comes that I get my rights back.
Will I pull it from the market completely? Will I republish it without any changes? Or will I give it a overhaul including another round of revisions, added chapters, more to the ending, and another couple of rounds with an editor?
I have to admit that the first thought has crossed my mind a few times. Why I don’t know. I still love the story and the characters and I think there is a place for it in this world—even if a few bad reviews say otherwise. However, by the time I get my rights back, the novel will be six years old.
But is that as really old as I think it is? Perhaps with a new coat of fresh paint (a new cover) and some remodeling and redecorating (revisions and edits), I could have a second edition that would outshine the first. Wouldn’t that be great?
Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to add to the novel: a few more chapters about the slave running and a better climax ending are just the start. I also know of a few problems the novel has and that need fixing, bad habits that I’ve overcome since the time I was a newbie, as well as cliché endings to chapters that need to go. Along with those, I know that a few plot points need to be flushed out a bit more too.
I suppose to think of pulling it completely was a foolish idea. I don’t really want to do that. I want it out there for people to love (and even hate, I suppose). And I know I don’t want to just republish it as it is. I know it needs work. So I guess on that note, I’m going to revise and republish. I have to say that I’m really growing excited about diving back into this novel and creating something better for it. I worked on it for four long years and I’ve learned so much since then.
I still have three years (although, I suppose in six short months it will be down to two years) before I get my rights back, so I have until March 19, 2020 to execute what I have planned. Since I’m already stretched for writing time, I guess I better get on the ball! Peace out, darling followers!