Behind The Book: Second Editions Are Twice The Headache

This is part of a series of posts entitled Behind The Book, where fellow author Carrie Morgan and I share the ups and downs of the writing and publishing process — traditional and self-published.

We all judge books by their cover.

No matter how much we want people to judge our stories by their actual content, it’s a foolish notion.  Cover art matters.  Marketing and packaging matter.  In 2012, I knew this to be true, but as a self-publishing author in between careers, I simply did not have the funds to hire a graphic designer, nor did I have any awareness (if it existed at the time!) of services like SelfPubBookCovers.  I winged it, solicited reviews from bloggers and existing readers from the fandom world, and hoped for the best.

Word of mouth for Change of Season fared well, but I lost the casual browsers.  I knew it to be a risk, and accept that consequence.  That said, as my personal circumstances changed and a sequel formed in mind, I decided that my first novel deserved a new outfit.  I didn’t stop there, however; I decided that, based on feedback over the years, that alternate versions of scenes and new ones I’d omitted previously could be worked in as well.

Go big or go home, right?

So, if you’re going to re-release a previously self-published work, what do you need to know or consider?

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Change Of Season Re-Release Slated For March 14, 2015

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.

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Update: Change Of Season – ‘The Director’s Cut’

Things have been quiet on this front for some time.  I made a choice after the release of Collide to take on a larger role in the music blogging sphere as a means of rejuvenating creativity.  The immersion in the local indie scene has been a true gift and labour of love.  Experiences I had never considered possible for myself — shooting concerts and awards programming; daily coverage of major festivals; networking with musicians and media alike — have been a whirlwind reality.

And while I hibernated from the world of fiction, I never stopped turning my characters over and over in my mind, examining them from new angles.  Which creations called to me, years after their initial conception?  Which characters stood out as learning experiences?  What avenues did I want to explore next?

Did a genre exist that fit my work?  IAnswer:  New Adult works for me!)

I am thrilled to announce two major projects are in the works, the first of which is a re-release of Change of Season.  Initially released in 2012, the story of Autumn Brody’s struggle to reconcile the horrors of her past with the paranormal danger of her present has been the project I have enjoyed most, and judging from reader response, I’d say the feeling is mutual.

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