Hindsight is 20/20
They--whoever in the hell they are--say hindsight is 20/20. We all have things in our past we’d like a “do over” card. Writing is no different. There are things we’ve written that we now cringe when we read, and cover art we wish we would have given more thought to.
Sam: So out of your backlist, what changes would you make if you had the chance for a second edition?
Jo: Believe it or not it’s not my first published book or even the first five I’d change. I’m actually really proud of the accomplishment I made with the Whispering Pines series. If I could rewrite a book it would have to be My Hometown. I would certainly give more time to Jimmy and Eric and way less pages to Oliver. What about you, Sam?
Sam: I regret that I ate three gluten free pizzas this weekend.
Jo: Sam. Come back to me. Focus. What about a story…? Article…? Book? Work with me here.
Sam: In all seriousness, I already had the opportunity to rewrite the books I really wanted to. The first three books of The Borders War series--One Breath, One Bullet, Dominant Predator and Powerless. But otherwise, I would leave each of my stories and books as they are now. Each one is a time capsule of who I was as a writer at that time.
Jo: So poetic, the writer in you is coming out :) Okay, so on to cover art. You first. In fact, since we have the same answer you just do it for me and I’ll sit here and finish my beer.
Sam: *cheers* Well, let’s talk about Ruin Porn. Both of us love, love, love the picture that was on the cover of Ruin Porn. However, we learned pretty quickly that the image--combined with a title that wasn’t a familiar term to readers--didn’t convey romance. Even the construction signs were a visual barrier--a “warning” we didn’t intend.
Jo: Yeah, totally unintentional. We learned a valuable lesson--a romance cover needs strong visual cues that the book is about a relationship and love. Closed roads and orange cones sure as hell wasn’t it.
Sam: Damn hindsight. So tell us, if you were given a “do over” card in your professional career/life, what would you change? Leave a comment below and one random commenter will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Good luck!
Meet Sam McAuley
Sam sleeps little, reads a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. Send her a picture and a song and she's bound to write a story about it. And yes, that's an invitation.
Meet Jo Peterson
SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can't cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.
Each week, on our Wednesday Author Column posts we will gift to one lucky commenter, a Kindle eBook from your TBR list.
This week there are two giveaways as Sam & Jo will also be gifting a $25 Amazon gift card to one random commenter who answers the question below:
So tell us, if you were given a “do over” card in your professional career/life, what would you change?
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::: And the winner is……. SUSAN ……. CONGRATULATIONS! :::