That's right boys and girls! Secrets is BACK on the market!
I am more than a little excited about this fact. It's been a long process, but boy has it been worth it.
A quick recap for those who may not know what the heck I'm talking about:
Secrets, book one of the Rune Trilogy was released December 9, 2015. I was beyond excited. Until I made the horrible discovery that a incorrect file had been uploaded, and my book was riddled with errors.
Rookie mistake numero uno.
So, after deliberating with my amazing editor, the decision was made to pull the book down, re-edit it and make it shine.
Listen when I say this kiddos, DO NOT RUSH THE PROOF.
Let me say it again for the kids in the back: DO. NOT. RUSH. YOUR. PROOF.
Read that proof copy cover to cover. Do not just rely on reading through your file online. That was my rookie mistake numero dos. Print your file out, read through every word, use that red pen.
This has taught me some very valuable information, the number one thing being that I retain information much better when it's printed on paper. Suffice it to say, I will be printing all further manuscripts out and editing them BEFORE they go to the editor, who will ALSO be printing the manuscript out and doing hand edits. We feel this process will save us much heartache in the end.
A friend recently asked me two questions:
How do you feel about the first release?
Sick. It was straight up Murphy's Law. Everything I DIDN'T want to happen, happened. I made all the indie publishing mistakes I had sworn I would avoid.
And I was mad. I was hurt. I was embarrassed.
Boy was I embarrassed. I wanted to pull it down and go hide under a rock. To change my name and move to Timbuktu where no one had ever heard of Secrets or E.H. Demeter.
Luckily, I have amazing friends, and they talked me out of it. Talked me off the ledge, and told me to get to work.
So I got to work. I worked my ass off. Read through my proof copy cover to cover and blew through a pad of post-it notes with out blinking. But after a month, my edits were done. And you know what? My book was BETTER for it. So much better.
She then asked: How do you feel about the new and improved version?
And to be honest, I'm nervous. I'm scared I blew myself in the foot one my first step out the door. I'm so scared that the people who bought the original upload won't try again. Won't know I've done updates. Won't even give me a second chance.
But I also feel hopeful. I have an amazing group of people backing me the entire way. Seriously, I work with some of the most astounding people.
My formatter (seriously, go check her out) is wonderful, and insanely patient. She has been my rock through all of this, and I love her for it.
My cover is solid. And now, the work inside matches the outside, and I couldn't be happier. The feedback I've recieved from people just fills me with such warmth and hope....That I know I can do this. I know I can over come these mistakes, learn from these lessons. Because this is a journey, kiddos, and you're going to screw up. You're going to make mistakes.
Whether or not you succeed is all in how you handle the ups and downs of this insanity we call writing.
So that's the update. I hope you enjoyed it. I'll be back next week to offer a sneak peek into my newest WIP!
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Until next time,
Author E.H. Demeter