I'm not talking about cutting corners in the first place, knowing that you can fix mistakes later. That would be counter-productive in so many ways. The process of writing a novel is many-layered and, at times, crushingly dull. When the fifth draft has been approved by beta readers, sent to a professional editor, edited and revised, there is formatting, proofreading and, inevitably, a final reading (or two) by the author, just to make sure everything is as it should be.
So why would I re-publish a novel that took the best part of a year to bring to Kindle readers the first time around?
Well, there are two reasons. The first is that I have (surely?) improved as a writer over the past eighteen months, so back in March when I spent an afternoon re-reading 'The Undertaker's Son' because I had nothing else to read at the time, I noticed things I didn't like. Once I'd finished, I had various ideas that would not disappear until I'd explored them fully. Should I add another chapter about Claude Cousteau? Did I like the ending enough?
Two months later, having taken a lot longer than I imagined (fellow authors will know that this is not unusual), and having gone through the same stages of checking and double-checking as I did with the original version, I pushed the 'publish' button. A few hours have elapsed, and I have just received an email from Amazon to say that my new edition is 'live'. I've checked it again (obviously) and it looks fine.
Oh, I said there were two reasons, didn't I? The second is that I want to bring out a paperback later this month. I still like to hold a physical book in my hands, and I want it to be absolutely perfect, if it can be (probably not possible in the real world...but I have to give it a go!).
Anyway, if you have already bought 'The Undertaker's Son', Amazon will send you the updated version free of charge - you just have to ask. And thank you for buying it in the first place!
If, however, you think you might like to read the description and/or the first chapters, just click here:
And thank you for looking. No, really!