Monday, August 15, 2011

Do Over

Darn it, I almost forgot it was my day to post! I was away all weekend, having fun in NYC for my birthday. Now I'm trying to finish up this next Library of Athena book before it's back to the daily grind at the Day Job and grad school gets back in session. I'm also trying to rewrite Talisman of Zandria for the new publisher.

How often do we wish we had a chance for a do-over? I'm getting that chance with the Zandria books. I appreciate everything the first publisher did for me, don't get me wrong. They were just starting out when they signed me, and we all learned a bunch of stuff together. Maybe not the best way to do things, but it's what we had to work with. Now that I'm going over this again, ten years later, I am cringing at some of the things that made it into print the first time around.

Ugh! What was I thinking? Too much narrative, not enough dialogue, a couple of tiny POV-shifts. How did this make it out into the world? And yet I've had good reviews for it, and kids who read it love it. Just goes to show, I guess, that readers are really what matter in the end. I honestly don't even know if I would write a story like this now; it's cute and sweet and fun, but I've grown so much and kidlit has changed in ten years that I don't know if this quiet little story would make it. I've re-shaped it and changed it a little, but the same basic story is there at heart. It'll always be my first story, and I'll love it, if for no other reason than that.

But I'm glad for a do-over.

1 comment:

  1. This post made me smile as I'm doing the same thing with my first book. I'm totally eating some humble pie. I can't believe some of the things that went through. I was the first book my then publisher published. I learned tons from them but let's just say I'm glad I'm able to do another edit on it. Can't wait to see what you've done with your own re-edits!