Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Game Change?

I've said it before: one of the things I like best about self-publishing is that we as authors don't have to live with our mistakes. If we publish a book and later decide something doesn't work, we can unpublish it, or fix it and republish it. (Try that with a traditional publisher and see how long it takes to get them to stop laughing.)



After publishing sixteen books--two of them self-published--I discovered I preferred writing in multiple first-person point-of-view over the more traditional third-person POV. I revised my first self-pubbed novel, Chasing the Wind, to multi-first person POVs, and the reviews were generally good. However, one review, by fellow author, Lisa Clark, suggested the story might be easier to follow with fewer POVs (I think I had used ten--I lost count!). When I started working on the sequel, An Army of Angels, I went with four, and found Lisa was right. Thanks, Lisa!



So...in the very near future, Chasing the Wind will be re-released with an updated cover (which would have been posted here, but Collin isn't finished with it yet) and four first-person POVs, along with my memoir, You Can't Go Home Again and Sam's Story, also a memoir of sorts. Next year, I'll (finally) be publishing An Army of Angels, the second book in the Chasing the Wind trilogy (yep, it's now a trilogy, not a series--Connor, Alex, and Connor's son Daniel). My other two works-in-progress, Superhero in Training and Sucker Punched, will either be published as romantic comedies or serialized in blog format. We'll see.



Sam's Story is another project that's undergone some major revamping. It started as a simple memoir about my parakeet--but I realized the story would be much more entertaining if it were his memoir, written from his point-of-view. If you've ever wondered what our birds, dogs, cats and other critters really think of us, well, I have my suspicions that they're all laughing at us....

9 comments:

  1. I have the first book, are you changing more than the cover ? I love the title Chasing The Wind.
    Good for you Norma, take charge and kitting butt !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. The title won't change, Gayle. For those who have the Kindle edition, Amazon will offer to replace their ebooks. Since you have a print copy and are a good friend, I'll send you a copy of the updated edition of you want.

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  2. Norma, you are brave to tackle Sam's Story from his POV. No doubt, you have read the many botched attempts by writers to tell a story through an animal. Happily, you are somebody who can surely pull it off!

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    1. I have indeed, Lynn! Oddly enough, I've found it easier to tell Sam's story through what I believe would have been his voice. Critters have individual personalities, just as we do.

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  3. I look forward to all of it!

    Critters do have individual personalities, indeed.

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  4. I know Hair Ball is laughing at me.

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  5. I'm very happy to see that you have gotten over the writing block you were experiencing a little while back Norma, sounds like the creative juices are flowing steadily these days.

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  6. Good point! Any time we need to fix something, we just up and do it. I love that!

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