Weekly Roundup is an update on what’s going on in my world. Welcome!
This week, I made the difficult decision to pull the plug on one of my books – Second Chance Earth. For months I wavered back and forth, wondering if I should keep it, change it, or take it off the market. As my very first novel, it holds a special place in my heart and yet deep down I knew there were serious issues which could no longer be ignored.
So what really happened? Since the book was written, I have experienced a steep learning curve as an author and came to realize Second Chance Earth was fundamentally flawed. I still love the basic story line and characters, but the POV is skewed, there’s more tell than show, and it needs significant editing. To put it simply – it’s not my best work and has become a liability. To protect my brand, it had to go.
Honestly, I do not know if the story will ever re-appear. If it does, it will most likely be unrecognizable! It needs a complete make-over, including a new cover and title, and I don’t have the time or money to invest in it right now. There are so many other books I want to write, and with limited time and resources, I have to be really picky about which projects get the green light.
I want to express my thanks to those who loved the book despite its many faults. You were able to understand and appreciate the story, and I am grateful for your kind words and support. Perhaps someday, Second Chance Earth will get a second chance!
Dragon Valley, the second novelette in the Rise of the Draman series, is undergoing final edits and will be available soon!
I made some great progress this week on the next installment, Dragon Bonds. This story focuses on the inevitable growing pains of a new human/dragon relationship where mistakes are made, lessons learned, and a foundation is laid for the future. Croft is still at the heart of it all, helping other orphans transition from human to Draman, and his world will never be the same!