I’m currently re-reading my second published book NIGHT TERROR with an eye toward revising and updating to make it more current. I am not happy with the original opening pages of this book. I think (hope) I am a better writer these days. Much as I hate to admit it, the conflict between my hero and heroine is not set up all that well either. In fact, my heroine comes off a bit bitchy. She’s understandably upset–given the circumstances–but every heroine should also be sympathetic. Likeable.
So, I began revising and am very pleased with the results, or rather I was, until I came to a place where I realized–GASP!!!!–I do not remember this story well enough to change this opening scene too much. What if I take out a red herring? What if kill off the actual killer? What if I leave in something that really doesn’t matter to the story? Oy!!!!
I have no choice but to re-read the whole book. GROAN. Given that once a writer finishes a book, she/he has to read it again and again before it is published for line editing and copy editing and final drafts, we can get pretty sick of any story. No matter how good it is. Did I also mention I am possibly the world’s slowest reader? But, it must be done.
And since I don’t remember the story, I’m actually enjoying it. 🙂 Or rather I was, until around page 60 or so, where I discover a glaring error and can’t believe I didn’t catch it in the original read-throughs before it was first published, or that my editor or line editor didn’t catch it. WTF?? That is their jobs. (And mine)
Well, the wonderful thing about having the rights back to this book means I can fix this timeline problem as well as every other flaw I find. I can even remove the 100 “thats” some copy or line editor added. While I’m at it, maybe I’ll even change the killer just to make it more brand new all around. =cue the wicked laughter here= bwahahahaha.
Oops, almost forgot. The book has a new cover too. What do you think?