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To Re-Publish or Not to Re-Publish

After all  the hard work of writing, editing, and proofreading your work you’ve finally reached a point where you upload the file to the various publishing sites and wait until you receive word that your e-book has gone live. You happily tell anyone and everyone who will listen about your achievement and hope a few of them might be interested enough to buy and read your story. If they’re really nice, they might even write you a review. Unfortunately, that review mentions a major flaw in your work; missing scenes, the jarring POV shift you thought you’d fixed, misspellings, incorrect words, punctuation problems…the list is endless.embarrassed

Finding out your work isn’t as perfect as you’d hoped can be humiliating. You may have done everything possible to create as clean a copy as possible to provide your readers an enjoyable experience: worked with critique partners, beta readers, editors, proofreaders, and maybe even someone who specializes in formatting your document for publication. Yet somewhere along the line those pesky errors still managed to slip through. These things happen to even the most diligent authors and publishers.

The good news is that self-publishing e-books allows authors to go back and fix those embarrassing issues. The trick is to determine whether or not a problem is bad enough to warrant the time and effort involved in making and uploading changes to the various publishing sites. Indie authors are often short on time in the best of circumstances so, in my mind, fixing a few missing words or punctuation marks wouldn’t be a great idea unless the author has a lot of free time on their hands. Major problems should, of course, be addressed as soon as possible after the author learns of the issue. The book can then be re-uploaded and made available to readers who’ve purchased the less-than-perfect version.

An author needs to be careful not to get too caught up in trying to achieve perfection in their writing because making revisions can be a never-ending process. if your story is good in a technical sense, but you feel it’s not quite what you’d hoped, the best thing might be to move on and create other works. Previous publications are a reflection of who you were at the time they were written and may not live up to your current standards, but that doesn’t mean they’re not valuable in their own right. The early works of famous authors aren’t always their best, but reading them helps show their evolution as artists, in the same way as the early works of famous painters, dancers, and actors.

Don’t be afraid to go back to make corrections and re-publish your works, when necessary. Your readers will thank you for taking the time and making the effort to ensure their enjoyment of your works. Just be sure not to get caught up in an endless loop that takes time away from creating your next masterpiece.

Baby Break

My initial plan to publish my WIP at the beginning of November didn’t quite work out when life got in the way. I really don’t mind since the reason the book is still in the last edit stage is that a more important WIP debuted the last week of October: my second grandson.

Two weeks ago today, an ambulance rushed my pregnant youngest daughter to a local hospital in intense pain. She knew something was horribly wrong even if emergency dispatch and the medics kept insisting she must be in labor. They got to the hospital just in time to find out she’d developed abdominal internal bleeding outside the uterus causing a dangerous drop in her blood pressure and a decrease in oxygen to her unborn son. Doctors performed an emergency C-section and delivered my grandson within ten minutes, saving both him and my daughter. They both seem to be recovering well, but needed more help than they’d expected when she got home from the hospital.

The experience just reinforced the one reason I’ve had so much trouble finishing my writing projects. For me, family comes before anything else. My daughter, her husband, and their kids needed me so I took time off my day job and moved in with them for ten days to keep my four-year-old grandson amused while his mommy rested and healed and his new baby brother settled in to his new home life. The experience also reinforced that my daughter is truly superwoman; she’s been self publishing for several years now to great success – and managed to release a new novella with a new baby in the house just a week after her near-death experience.

My daughter also puts her family first, yet in her case this means dedicating herself to her writing career while my son-in-law serves as the primary caregiver to their children. She has the talent and drive to earn enough from her writing so they live quite comfortably and take regular trips. No matter where she is or what she’s doing, she’s always writing and/or editing something. She’s published at least one book while sitting at a restaurant in Disneyland. I’d love to be more like her.

Now that I’ve returned home, I’m settling back in to my own project with a renewed sense of purpose. My daughter doesn’t use life and family as an excuse not to pursue her dreams so why should I?