An Exercise in Conciseness
If this past week is going to be indicative of the rest of the year, I’m hibernating until next December, writing goals be damned. I’ve been rather ill since the second, and though I think I’m on the upswing, this is going to be a brief post, possibly including a nap break somewhere around…
*wakes up, stretches* Okay, where was I?
That’s what the past week has looked like. Every time I think I’m getting back to normal, I go splat! and end up napping on the closest flat surface. So, before I fall asleep again, let me ask you this: Have you ever taken one of your published books and reworked it so that it’s more in line with your current style? Did you just poke at the language, or did the reworking metastasize into a complete overhaul, including changes to the plot? Was the book in question part of a series? And most importantly, was it a success (more sales, better reviews, etc.)?
I ask this because I’m planning to do some serious work with the Garia Cycle this year, assuming I don’t end up sleeping away the next eleven months. This includes publishing the third and possibly the fourth book, but what’s relevant to the discussion is that the first book, A Kingdom of Glass, hasn’t aged well. The plot is basically fine; the characters are likeable, but the writing is choppy and vague, there’s almost no description- in a fantasy series; argh!- and it doesn’t sound anything like more recent books. It was the first thing I ever published, almost three years ago, and I’ve improved significantly since then. And- this is the kicker- the first book is sufficiently amateurish that I think a lot of readers won’t continue the series if it’s their first introduction to Garia. But I have a lot of irons in the fire this year, so I don’t have unlimited time to spend on fixing something that isn’t sufficiently broken.
So I’m asking y’all to do a sanity check for me. If a quick edit, updating the language and adding description but not changing any plot points, seems reasonable, say so. If I should run screaming into the night, say that. And if I should make changes, please pass along any tips on how to do it right without spending the rest of my life on the project.