New is the new old?
New efforts on the behalf of old work is a tricky situation.
Some people believe that you should never revise previously published work, once it is out there, it’s a done deal. If you try to make it better or change it, well, that’s akin to fooling readers. I mean some poor soul actually slogged through that bad book, didn’t they? But in 2016, self-publishers are going through the roof with changing their previously pubbed works. They change covers, do new edits, add chapters, develop weak characters etc.
And of course, there is the age-old accepted rule that you can do anything you want with your work if you are trying to re-brand.
In a nutshell, re-branding means promoting a new aura around your work, your name, and your — well, brand.
Why would we even do that?
In my case, changing things up in the brand dept. is necessary as I am trying to MAKE a brand. I never really did that before. I have written so much under my name, nothing UNIFORM, that a reader must wonder, WHO is this writer?
When my publishers all fell away and went out of business, I got all the rights back to all of my work, and began reproducing them. Well, I had been doing something of a bit of romance, and YA fantasy. But my main thrust, my MOST desperate desire, was mystery.
The first three books in the Shannon Wallace series is back in my hands. They are edited, but need more. They have to have new covers. And seriously, they need to be updated. This series started out in 2008. Things have changed in the world since then, n’est pas? The great thing is, I have three full-length novels, and two short stories to publish between the books. I just want you all to know that they will basically be the same books, but they will be newer more “today” worthy. And they will be better. Omg. SOOOO much better. I am not the same timid beginning writer that I was back then. I actually understand how to write now! *smile*
So, the re-branding has begun.
In today’s world of self-publishing, authors are expected to be busy and put out work on a regular schedule. I hope to be able to do that for you. Just as soon as they get revised. This is why you should sign up for my newsletter. You will be the first to know when the next book is on its way!
And I do NOT plan on rewriting the entire series from top to bottom. So, getting them back out there will be quicker.
Why aren’t you creating new content?
Oh, I am. Believe me I am! Book FOUR is about 1/4 of the way written. The Shannon Wallace series goes on! *Strains of the Titanic’s theme song”
But what about you? What do you think of revising previously published work? If you were presented with the opportunity, would you do it?
Leave a comment and let me know!