I finally finished the second edition re-edit of book 5, Immortals. I added 26,793 words to the story, which is roughly about four chapters worth of material. That seems to be the average in these re-edits so far, which is working out quite well. Anyway, now I just have to do all the rest of the stuff that comes after, which is a pretty massive project in and of itself. I just need to focus on one thing at a time, and I’ll get through it.
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Since I don’t really want anyone reading any of the 1st edition books in the series while I’m doing the 2nd editions, I’ve unpublished them all aside from the four that are currently done, and Cindy’s Story. I’ll probably do a 2nd edition of Cindy’s Story too, but I’m going to leave that one published for now.
Why did I do this? Because the 2nd editions aren’t just coming out good, they’re coming out REALLY good, and each one so far has been really beefed up and enhanced. They’re exactly what I always wanted the series to be, and I only want the best representation of each of the books out there and available.
Right now I’m on chapter 6 of the 2nd editing pass of book 5, Immortals. I’m not sure how much longer it’ll take to finish it, but most likely it’ll be within the next two to three weeks, and then I’ll immediately start on book 6.
I’ve also removed the ability to purchase the books through the website since no one ever used it anyway.
I struggled with whether to do this or not, but in the end, I think it’s the right decision, and it’s easy enough to re-publish them when the 2nd editions are ready.
Anyway, back to work…
I’ve completed 15 / 16 chapters now on the first editing pass, and so far I’ve added 18,921 words (about three chapters worth of words). Now that I’m finally able to focus on my work, things are progressing quite nicely. Once I finish the first pass, I’ll probably take a day or two off, and then I’ll start the second pass. Book 5 is where some minor sci-fi elements start coming into play, and things are really starting to ramp up.
Anyway, time for some dinner. Pita wraps with chicken, hummus, and tomato, with a salad on the side. Yum! 🙂
Ok, I received the print copy today, and it’s all good, so the 2nd edition of Revenge is now fully published. I haven’t updated the ebooks available here on the site yet to 2nd edition. I’ll be doing that tomorrow. Work as already begun on the 2nd edition of book 5, Immortals. I just finished editing chapter 5 in the first editing pass, and I’ve already added a chapter’s worth of words to it.
The print version of the 2nd edition of Revenge is only available through Amazon. The ebook version is available on Amazon, Smashwords, and all other major retailers.
Anyway, now that I finished editing that chapter, I need to get some sleep. Editing is very draining mentally, for obvious reasons. 😛
I won’t get into all the ridiculous amount of obstacles I faced in getting the 2nd edition edit of book 4 done. Everything from house issues, to eye problems in my left eye, to sleep issues, to whatever. It was just one thing after another, but…at last…I’m happy to say that I’ve finally finished the 2nd edition re-edit, and I’ve added 25,401 words to the story, which is roughly the equivalent of about four full chapters worth of material.
So, what’s next?
Well, the next steps in order are:
- Write a new synopsis and edit the metadata.
- Create a new or altered graphic for the cover.
- Put the print version together.
- Create the cover for the print version.
- Publish the ebook and print versions.
- Get started on the 2nd edition re-edit of book 5.
I’m extremely happy with how these second edition re-edits are turning out. In the first editions, the story was there, but I didn’t have the writing or editing skills that I have now, so I’m basically making these 2nd edition versions the way I truly wanted these stories to be now that I have the skills to do so. What sucks is that it’s a 21 book series, so I still have a LONG way to go with the 2nd edition versions, but now that I’m back to work on them, I’m actually feeling really motivated.
Anyway, that’s it for now. I finished editing the last two chapters this morning, and I haven’t had a chance to sleep yet, so I’ll probably just take the rest of the day off and start with my “To Do” list tomorrow. I’d like to say it’ll take me a week or less to do all that, but that depends a lot on how long it takes me to do the new cover, and to come up with a synopsis I’m happy with. The synopsis is always the hardest part of any book, so that usually takes some time to come up with.
I’m not promoting the series at all while I’m doing the 2nd editions. I only want people to read the 2nd edition versions, so I’m not going to do any promotion whatsoever until I get them all done. Then I’m going to hit it hard and really promote the hell out of the series. That’s my plan anyway.
After a string of one thing after another that kept me away from my second pass re-edit of book four, I’m finally back to working on it. The last thing that got in the way and cost me several more weeks was iritis in my left eye. It’s a long story, but weeks later it’s finally good again, and I don’t have anything more that’s stopping me from getting back to work. I’m really happy with the 2nd edition of book 4, and the 2nd editing pass always makes it even better, so by the time I’m finished, it’ll be the product I truly wanted it to be.
Anyway, time to get back to work.