Do you have any idea what happens when you change the ending of a novel?
You end up looking like THAT.
Figuring out the alternate ending was STRESSFUL!!! But at least it got glowing reviews from my beta readers.
So I plopped it over the original ending. But I wasn’t even CLOSE to done. I had to open up the rest of the manuscript (previously perfected and edited, by the way to the tune of $850) and retool, revise and restructure. I liken the process to a doctor sewing up a patient after a successful surgery, then realizing a scalpel was left behind. Mother eff. You have to get it out before it does any long-term damage. And hopefully you can stitch up the patient even better than before.
The good news? Well I don’t have any to share quite yet. It’s heading back out to beta. Hopefully, the changes were for the better. I know it’s cliché but you only have one chance to make a first impression. If your first book is a snoozefest, readers won’t give you another shot, no matter how awesome book 2 is. So here’s to making every word count.
I thought Unlikely Venture was perfect. Until I finished Nothing Ventured. Then I understood what I missed the first time around.
I am on a quest to perfect these novels. But as anxious as I am to get them out there, I refuse to rush the process. As a voracious reader, I know what it takes to capture an audience and I will continue to work tirelessly to meet that goal. And with any luck, a September release is still in sight.
So now I look like THIS!