I’m in a sprint to finish Hawk’s Slave, a Phantom Warriors story. It needs to be done by Wednesday, so I can get edits in on Thursday before I send it off to the proofer on Friday. This means that for the next several days I will have to hit rather large word counts. I wouldn’t need to sprint so much if I hadn’t taken a teeny, tiny detour on Phantom Warriors 1: Bacchus.
I wrote PW 1: Bacchus YEARS ago. It was published by Ellora’s Cave. I re-edited it in 2011/2012, but didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the story because A) it had already been published and B) it had already been edited. I decided to have the story re-proofed to make sure I hadn’t missed any typos, etc. Before doing so, I made the mistake of reading it. LOL! Needless to say, I panicked after I read through the book. I know what I was trying to do when I wrote it, but I did not succeed. I ended up taking a razor to the story and cutting a lot of excess material. I also added a small subplot. Is the book perfect? No. But it is IMO a lot better than it was before I started.
If you’ve previously purchased the book, the new version should be available everywhere within the next few days. Contact your bookseller of choice and ask for the newer e-version. I haven’t updated the anthologies that have Bacchus in it yet, but I will. While I was at it, I also had Saber-tooth and Talon re-proofed. Other than a couple of typos and some tightening of language, they are pretty much the same.
Now I’d better get back to Hawk’s Slave. Have a great rest of the weekend.