I’m no stranger to insecurity. I’ve learned to get a real hold of it – especially within the last year or so – but when you’re as anxious as I can be, it manages to sneak in sometimes, regardless of how confident I may be in my prowess.
There are a lot of things wrong with my debut novel, The Soul. I know that. It’s not perfect. But it’s out there; it’s published. It’s out of the way.
My second novel, the sequel, Procession of Eternity, is pretty much dope as fuck. But my PR agent/financial adviser/best friend Bobbi has noticed that for series, making the first book super cheap or free works well in a marketing scheme.
It’s made me think: should I do that for The Soul?
It didn’t take me long to realize: hell yeah, I should! Except…
Free books invite a lot of criticism. Acknowledging the flaws of my debut novel doesn’t spare it a good, thorough roasting. And if people read and hate the first book, most won’t even move on to the next book, no matter how dope it may be.
Some have read and loved it and even moved on to the second book, though.
But do I let the glaring errors stand or take my book off the market for the second time while I revise?
Because if I’m gonna make it more accessible to the world, I want it to be in peak condition at least… right?
Questions I will ponder further but, in the meantime, I am still doing preliminary edits.
The design format is getting a slicker, more professional overhaul (okay, and the writing is getting a mini-makeover). It’s one aspect I left untouched since its first publication. I’m excited to get this one in the bag. :D
Writers, readers, friends – thoughts?