I published my first book last week. Now that it’s out and the pressure is off, I have a lot of great ideas about how to make it better. Of course, I have also gotten great feedback from readers, which adds to this. You see, I sorta wish I could do it all over again. Not really, but damn I wish I had written a few things differently, spent more effort on this and that, and generally could have stood where I stand now and thought a bit about the book before it was published.
Sure I can push out a “second edition”. In fact, there are two typos (one is the very first character in the book!) that I would want to fix. But other than fixing typos, I don’t think a rewrite is in my future. I need to move on, to make new things, and to let sleeping dogs lay where they wuz flang’d by who-knows-whom. Besides, I have two stories that are in the oven already, and they’re novellas that are the first two installments in a series. I think they have better potential for good results than rewriting Dying to Live Forever.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m proud of the book as released. And I think it’s a good read. I know more about how to make it a better book than I did at the time I wrote that one — that’s all.
By the way, if you want to read the book I’m talking about, you can get it from Amazon here.