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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Revisiting The Road Less Traveled

I've been doing a lot of soul searching for the past few months in regards to my writing. The bulk of the soul searching has revolved around the issue of what I should work on next, with the remaining minority split between  the following concepts:

1} Original writing;
2} Next phase of a completed manuscript;
3} Retooling a completed project.

As most of you are probably not aware of, I decided to work on the next phase of a completed manuscript while querying my novella "ASWR" (although I have very good news to share at a future date with everyone). I've also decided to retool a completed project. Specifically, this particular chapbook:


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 Back in the day, I thought the only true way to self-publish was to use one of those companies (ASI) and pay to have your book published. While I went modestly into debt over this, the proceeding years have taught me one very valuable lesson:

You don't have to pay to self-publish your book.

So.

What I want to do is perform a take two of my self-published chapbook. In other words, an A thru Z reboot of the book. There are a lot of things I know I could do better with this book, simply because I've learned a great deal between 2009 (when the chapbook came out) and 2013 in regards to self-publishing.

However, there's a myriad of issue I have to tackle so that I can properly execute a reboot of the book.

1} Rewrite the story. As you know my standards are high, and if anything, this story does not meet my current standards. It did back in 2009, but it definitely doesn't in 2013. So I have my work cut out for me. I'm pretty confident that I can do a quality pump of the word count and turn it into a solid novella.

2} Come up with a new cover. This should be a no-brainer, as the cover I have was directly due to a miscommunication on the part of ASI (which doesn't surprise me). So I do have some options available to me.

3} Come up with a new title. This will also be a no-brainer, as I really want to start fresh and move completely away from the current title and ISBN number.

4} Use a better company. Not only does my publisher use Createspace for their print books, but a lot of other writers use Amazon as well for self-publishing their works, as well as Smashwords. Both of them cost little to no money to use.

So this is part of my multi-pronged attack for 2013. Does it sound doable to you, or do you think I've bitten off more than I can swallow?

9 comments:

  1. It is always good to be doing original writing:) However, if you can revise Betrayed! within a reasonable time frame it does seem that the more books you have available helps to snowball overall purchases which might be a factor. Also, if you know you can improve on it - it will probably bother you that's it's out there not at it's best and keep niggling away at you. Why not give yourself X amount hours a week on one project and x on the others with the most hours allocated to the no 1 project? You'll need to set aside time between edits anyway - that will probably help as you'll be coming back to projects with fresh eyes - which can only be a good thing.

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  2. Jane & Charles: Thanks.

    This book has been bothering me for the past three years, and it's only accelerated since I had "Line 21" published in October '12.

    The most infuriating thing about this chapbook is that I have almost 10 chapters written up to the beginning of the story, and I can't seem to find a way to use any of them yet.

    I know that having a solid plan of attack will be the key to having this come out right, and with so many things on my plate, it's essential that I don't try to deviate too much from it.

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  3. Sounds very do-able, as you've got a good plan and a current publisher :)

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  4. M: Thanks.

    I'm hoping to get this started within a month or so.

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  5. I think you are capable of doing anything you set your mind to do. Crap English but I hope you understand what I mean. Good luck!

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  6. Joe: I know exactly what you mean, and thanks.

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  7. I have no doubts whatsoever that you can do this, G.

    Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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  8. Talon: Thanks.

    And I hope you have a fantastic weekend as well.

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