It’s been a busy month of edits and creative oversight, all leading to a final release date for the Change of Season “Director’s Cut”. You can expect it to be available exclusively on Kindle and Createspace on March 14th, 2015.
“What do you mean by ‘Director’s Cut’?”
The closest comparison I can liken it to is Donnie Darko. If you’ve watched the theatrical cut and director’s cut, you’re aware that the majority of the story remains unchanged. There are expanded moments, moments that have shifted, and new scenes/editing that add a different clarity to the film. There are also some strange changes to the soundtrack in my opinion, but that’s for another blog.
With this edition, I have taken a similar approach. Certain scenes have expanded to reveal new insights into characters and events. Certain moments are reconstructed – alternate takes, if it were a film. This isn’t a dramatic expansion — I elected for a longer novel from the first edition — but it is refined and refocused.
“Have there been any changes to accommodate Waiting For A Star To Fall (the sequel)?”
That would be cheating, wouldn’t it? I don’t believe in cheating.
One change I have made as a result of turning this stand-alone tale into a series is that I have moved the story forward one year in time. This is more because eventually I’d like the series to be taking place “now”. Concrete time references have also been toned down in favour of relative differences.
Waiting For A Star To Fall has been a loose concept since 2013. It naturally builds upon the characters and world created in Change Of Season. I owe that to the characters, and to readers.
“Why an exclusive release to Kindle?”
I generally don’t favour exclusive deals, but I do love the notion of a lending library. Libraries were my best friends as a teen with minimal free cash and a hunger for books.
Above all else, I want to explore the impact of trauma on teens, and examine the recovery process. Making this as accessible as possible is also motivating the decision.
The exclusive is temporary, and can be avoided with the print edition on Createspace. Given that the original edition of Change Of Season has been available for three years, I feel it’s a wise experiment at this juncture.
“When can we see the cover?”
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