Sunday, October 04, 2015

"You should make that thing voice activated....oh, it is, isn't it?" "I don't want to talk about it."

 Since I lost my other job I had a Saturday off. Which I kind of needed because I have been so tired all last month. So yesterday I made myself be lazy, which wasn't all that hard since I was so tired. I stayed at home most of the day, spent the morning in my pajamas, watched silly cartoons, took Dog on a three hour hike after lunch, then came back and continued to be lazy. It was great.

 It also gave me time to think about some things. Mostly my writing and my previously published books, series, which need to be finished.

 As I've said, I have had trouble writing since the death of my friend. I haven't wanted to touch the books I was working on before as I found it too hard. While she didn't really help me with my writing, I had a lot of memories of her being around when I did work on them. I needed a break from them and it is only now that I've slowly been able to think about them again.
 That is why I took a break from the Haphazard and Loyalty series.

 But there has been something I've been thinking of for a while.

 Since writing Brothers-in-Arms I learned a lot about writing. A. Lot. So much that when I went back to re-read Haphazardly Implausible before I began work on the third book so many months back I saw bluntly obviously mistakes. (For one thing I should have gotten more editors with it.)

 I don't really regret having published before. I think I wouldn't have changed it if given the chance. But looking at those books, especially Haphazardly Implausible, I can see things which I know need fixed. 

 Since I can't face the third book right now, and since I understand writing and how it works so much better now, and since I have an editor...now seems like a good time to take a huge step back.

 Basically, to stop beating around the bush, I am pulling my four published books off the market. I am going to focus first on Haphazardly Implausible and begin a proper edit on it, after which I will re-release it. (I don't know if I can get a publisher for it since it has already been out. I am going to try, but if I can't get one I plan to self-publish it as I did the first time.)

 I don't know if this might be a good or bad thing to do. If it is professional and I am hoping it won't mess up the steps I've made toward a writing career, but it feels like the right step to take. (I even have plans for new covers for the series.)

 I am also going to begin editing work on The Broken Blade, at long last since I finally believe I have all the kinks worked out of the series. I can't say for sure, with these boys it is hard to tell if they've finally told me everything or if they still have surprises. But I think I know enough about them to begin editing. Which will be nice.

 I think I might have to take these two a little slowly. Both are hard to work on sometimes and when I open them I just want to sit down and cry. But the fact I am ready to even attempt trying is progress I suppose.

 I also might have explained all of this badly. So if you have questions feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer.

 I also wouldn't mind feed back. What do you all think of this idea? Horrible? Good? I've gotten a lot of good feedback on Peter Jones and the Haphazard crew, which makes me happy. But I feel as if I've learned so much and therefore shouldn't leave a book out there when I can see things which need fixed in it.

 Quote is from Doctor Who. 12 and Clara


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8 comments :

  1. I think that is a marvelous decision, Jack. And ... as much as I'd like to read the next Haphazardly book, I agree that the previous books could use some editing. (Espeicially the first one. 90% of the reason I volunteered to beta read your other books was the fact that I was wincing so badly in HI). And, actually, I'm looking at doing the same thing with Sew in the near future. Not actually taking it off the market (because it would look tacky for it to be unavailable and the others not, because they're not that bad), but giving it another round of edits now that I'm older and wiser.

    Best of luck, and maybe we can begin work on WoaK again shortly? Maybe?

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  2. I agree with Kendra: I think it's a lovely idea! I can't wait for their eventual re-release, too! Because, really, Jack, Haphazardly Implausible (even with its mistakes) is one of the best books I have ever read. There are great books like Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility that I admire greatly for their fantastic prose. There are great books like Harry Potter and Howl's Moving Castle that I can admire for their wonderful worlds and characters. Then there are books like The Penderwicks and Sharon Creech's books and Haphazardly Implausible. They just make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I can come back to them again and again and again because they are so wonderful. :)
    (And now I just have to say... even though you may be changing some things... never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever change all the snark. It's brilliant!)
    (Oh, and one question... Will the books still have illustrations??? *hugs illustrations to chest with death grip* )

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  3. Thanks for sharing about where your writing is currently at, Jack! And I think this is a good idea! I haven't had the chance to read your published Haphazardly Implausible books, but I'm sure they are excellent since I already adore your writing ("Brothers in Arms" will always remain a favourite of mine!!!). :)
    I pray this next step goes really well for you!! :)

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  4. I also think this is a marvelous idea (and I am so sorry that life got too busy for me to continue editing through HI for you... I bit off way more than I could chew with that offer). I love your writing, and am super excited to read the rest of your books. I will definitely buy the updated HI when it's ready :)

    Also, congratulations again on getting a publisher!!!! SO EXCITING!!!!! (I'm still excited about that one for you!!!!)

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  5. I totally get you, and I think this is a GREAT idea. Your Haphazardly Implausible books are awesome, and to take time to make them even better is a GREAT idea. So yeah. Go for it. We're rooting for you! :-D

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  6. That sounds like a really great idea (and a mature thing to do, ha). I haven't read HI yet, but when you do finish editing it, I can't wait to. EEP! Will you be doing all the editing yourself, hiring editors and/or beta readers, or what?

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  7. Sorry you lost your job.
    My publisher gave a couple of us the option of re-editing an earlier book and it was an eye-opening. I've come so far since CassaStar. You're going to make those first books of yours shine now.

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  8. I love lazy days, they are glorious.
    I self published a book, and I regret it now and I am giving it quite a rewrite.
    I am trying not to be to hard on myself because I wrote a long time ago, but it's in very rough shape.

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