Debut Novel, Take Two #sweetandspicyromance #writing #amwriting #romance #historicalromance

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!

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14 Comments on “Debut Novel, Take Two #sweetandspicyromance #writing #amwriting #romance #historicalromance

  1. One thing I’ve heard along my own writing journey is that a book is never too old to market (unless it’s on technology!). Most readers don’t care about the publisher or the copyright date. I say go for it and remarket as needed.

  2. You are so wise to be thinking about this now, Angela. I loved the story when I read it, but I know you’ve grown so much as a writer since then that you’ll be able to perform magic you only dreamed of eight years ago. I say go for it!

    • To be honest, I was thinking about it pretty much from the second day it was live. LOL. I had several publication issues with this one that, well, let’s just say I’ve been wanting to get it back for a long time. Not to mention, I plan on you being the one helping me, so . . . *wink wink

      • I’m actually already planning on contacting you about this novel coming up in 2018. I need to ramp up my approach to this publishing game and I think we can get that done. I don’t have a set time frame now. I’m only on chapter 11 of like 35 planned, UGH, so it’s going to take some time. It’s also already at 41k words, so it’s going to be huge. LOL.

  3. I enjoyed the story, but I understand wanting to change things up a bit. Especially when you feel you’ve learned so much more.

    BTW, how did you put together those lovely memes (or whatever you call them) with the photo of your book in them? Any particular program you like? Very nice.

    • Reading through it can make me cringe sometimes. Lol. So yes, I want to change things. I’ll get there. Just takes time like everything else in life.

      As for the mock-ups. I created them in Photoshop. It takes a bit of work, but I can send you the links to where you download the files and then watch the video on how to do it in PS. There are way to many steps to even begin to describe.

      • I don’t have Photoshop. I use Gimp. I found it difficult to put together mock-ups. You did a great job.

  4. I admire that you’re going to revise and polish. I have to admit, when I got the rights back to my debut, I replaced the cover, but left the content intact. I felt like the book was written in stone. I got good reviews and bad reviews, but I responded to the latter with shoulder shrugs I haven’t been able to replicate since. It’s weird, but bad reviews bother me more and more as I progress as a novelist. Maybe flaws are a healthy and necessary part of making art. It’s so tempting to go back and fix them though. I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist next time one of my book babies comes back home.

    • I agree flaws are healthy. Will the story be perfect once I add what I want and change the ending? Probably not. I’m sure it will still get bad reviews. And that’s okay.

      No matter what, I’m still changing it. I need to for me. There were things that happened in the editing that I didn’t agree with. Not to mention, as I said in the post, newbie mistakes that I know not to do now. Lol.

      I’ve grown a thicker skin with reviews. Having some of the ones I’ve gotten has helped me learn to shrug them off. They still hurt, but it doesn’t last long.

      I actually have a 4.5 star that has haunted me more than any 1 star. I sent them the wrong PDF that had typos. It would have been a 5 star if I’d sent them the right one. Ugh. Live and learn, I guess. Lol

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