What you can tell me
As you know, Belle Bridge books is reissuing the Crosspointe Chronicles. I’m in the process of going over The Cipher (I always liked this book–all the books, really) but I’m finding that I’m making some significant changes in some scenes so far. They don’t change the plot or the storyline, but they do unpack the characters some more. I think I’m making the book better. It’s rare to get a chance to do something like this on an already published book. At least for me. It’s possible I’ll add a scene somewhere for all I know. If it makes the book better, I don’t want to take it off the table.
But doing this comes with concerns for me. I don’t want to force my fans to go out and buy a new copy of the book. That’s not at all why I’m doing this and I’m a little worried I could anger some readers. I feel like there ought to be a warning on the book, but of course that won’t happen. I don’t want to ruin a good relationship with a publisher, either. I very much like the changes so far. I think Lucy and Marten are becoming more engaging characters. I liked them both before, but I’ve learned so much since I wrote this book that I’m finding a lot of places to push and expand.
In the end, as a writer, I have to make the changes that improve the story and hope my readers don’t feel pressured to buy a new volume. There’s always the library, right?
I think authors worry too much about revision. I know a few readers may complain about changes to the story that they loved, but I think most people will agree with you and enjoy the changes. More importantly, this book will be new to a lot of readers, and if it’s new to them, it should be the best you can write, because you want to hook them on the rest of your books.
Also? Some of us will buy the eBook because we’re upgrading our libraries to something we can take with us anywhere. I know I’ll be happy to have an excuse to rebuy the Crosspointe books.
I hadn’t thought of buying the e-book version, great idea.