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June 19th, 2009
The Life of a Book…Series

First off, I want to send a shout out to my mom. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! I wish I could be there with you to celebrate. We’ll raise a glass in your honor tonight. Love you and miss you.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the life of a book, especially when it turns into a series. And how as an author, I’ve had to learn to let the whole process go or be driven mental. I have received a lot of reviews for RED and several for SCARLET, even though it’s the early days for the latter. Some have made me excited, while others have bummed me out. All I can say is I tried my best. Like most writers, I’m still learning.

Every author on the planet can look back at their work and think of ways they could’ve changed things, made them stronger, better, or just plain different. It’s just a writer’s fact of life. I started RED in 2004 and finished it in 2005. It sold Halloween 2006. It took another two years for the book to be published, even though it was completed. I started working on Scarlet in 2007 and wrote Crimson in 2008. These three books are the longest books I’ve ever written. (I know the page count in the books vary greatly, but the actual word count does not. It’s just how the publisher did the layout.) Up until I finished RED, I wasn’t even sure I could write single title length books. (Some people may still be questioning that. *ggg*)

Some reviews have called me on newbie writer mistakes that I would love to correct. Others leave me scratching my head. Which brings me to my new policy. I now scan all the reviews to get the gist. I appreciate people taking time to review the books, but ultimately it doesn’t change what ‘I’ have to do as a writer.

I look at the Dead World series and try to remember where I was when I wrote it. How much I’ve progressed (or haven’t). And know that I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. I’m also determined to do better next time. Ultimately, that’s all a writer can guarantee.

6 comments to “The Life of a Book…Series”

  1. You sold the series to a publisher. That’s where the rubber meets the road. Once the car’s out on the street with flaws all that can be done is correct them on the new model. 🙂


  2. Bernard, This is true. I’m redesigning that model as we speak. 😉


  3. You can’t please all the people all the time…

    You’re following your dream and that’s more than a lot of people can say.

    You’re published and that’s more than a lot of writers can say.


  4. Sherri, No, you can’t and that’s okay. Yes, I am following my dream. And yes, I’ve been very fortunate. It’s staying ‘fortunate’ that’s difficult. 😉


  5. I’ve seen reviewer comments along the lines of “if the authors would listen, they could fix blah blah in the next book,” but don’t realize how much time lapses between books written and books published. And even if it’s only a year, well, that’s a year in which you wrote other books and changed. So it only tells you what you might’ve done better back then and isn’t much help now. 😳 It’s a letter to the past.

    Also, trying to please everybody in my experience leads to pleasing nobody. If you please yourself, at least one person’s going to be happy!


  6. Charli, ***“if the authors would listen, they could fix blah blah in the next book,” but don’t realize how much time lapses between books written and books published. And even if it’s only a year, well, that’s a year in which you wrote other books and changed. So it only tells you what you might’ve done better back then and isn’t much help now. It’s a letter to the past.***

    You bring up a VERY good point. I don’t think most reviewers realize (or perhaps they don’t think about) how much time as zoomed by from writing to publishing. This seems especially the case with reviewers who jump on the first book, then do the same with the second because the ‘changes’ haven’t been made. 😯