Posts Tagged ‘revised edition’

PA Omnibus 2nd Ed

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

coverOkay, so I swore up and down to myself that I was done with Pact Arcanum, that I would finally stop trying to polish away the flaws of my first book. But, after it was done, I continued to poke away in different directions, writing extra scenes, additional story fragments, but never enough to release another whole book.

Then came the Interscission Project, and I set the Pact Arcanum Saga aside. Now that I am halfway through the fourth and final book of the Interscission Project, I decided I needed to take a break and recharge with an alternate project. Consider it an author’s holiday.

I looked back through the additional stories I had crafted, I realized that some were worth sharing, if I had a larger work into which I could incorporate them. Still not enough for a complete book, but they could be supporting players.

So I incorporated them into the Omnibus, and republished it as a revised and expanded second edition. The ebook should hit Amazon in a day or so, and it’s a monster (427,354 words – about 1200 pages). I figure I added about 10,000 words, which isn’t much given the size of the text, but hey, why not?

I might also release it as a four-volume paperback set, but I want to see how the new illustrations reproduce on paper first. I figure it will make a good conversation piece at the occasional convention I go to, though the real importance is to see whether Audible will allow me to rerecord alternate versions of my existing audiobooks, using a voice actor that is better known in my genre. That would certainly expand my audience, and hopefully my name recognition.

Anyway, I spent the whole weekend on it, from beginning to end, and now, it’s done. Perhaps a futile exercise, but it may have actually put me in a better frame of mind to return to my existing projects.

Cheers,
Arshad Ahsanuddin

Sunset 2nd ed. now live

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Sunset just got named one of the best vampire fiction releases of 2011, by the Barnes and Noble SciFi and Fantasy Blog.  So, why did I feel the need to have it re-edited?  In part, because after two years of writing as a second profession, I learned how many elementary mistakes in sentence structure, cliched expressions, word choice, passive voice, etc. I made by writing from my gut, without first educating myself in the craft of writing.  As an exercise in intuitive writing, Sunset is outstanding, but there was a lot of refinement that comes from experience.

So I found a new editor, Karin Cox, who went through the text line-by-line and highlighted areas that could be improved or fixed.  The result is a much stronger novel, in my opinion.  Jason, my proofreader, said the changes were like reading an entirely new book.  Which makes me happy that there was so much room for improvement.  It’s still not perfect.  It never will be, in my jaundiced eye.  But it’s a fair ways closer to that goal than it was before.  Thank you to those who encouraged me over the last few years while I found my footing in this massive undertaking.  I hope the updated work earns your favor.

The revised ebook edition of Sunset is now available from Amazon.com, BN.com, and Smashwords.  The Smashwords edition will be further distributed to some of the next tier of e-retailers over the course of the next month.  The print edition of Sunset will be updated in the next few weeks, and hopefully, I will be able to start on the revised editions of Sunrise and Moonlight by the end of January.  Starlight, the fourth novel, is still planned to have a March release, but I want to make sure it’s properly edited beforehand, so that an updated edition won’t be necessary, and my editors have their hands full with the first three novels of the series.

In the meantime, I am continuing to work on The Red Wind, the third novella, which tells the story of Luscian Firstborn.  I will keep you apprised of new developments, and thank you for your support.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin