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The new (left) and old (right) cover arts for Spectral.

The revised edition of Spectral is still in the works. I swear, every attempt to change something is foiled by having to change something else, and something else, and something else…

A lot of you probably don’t know about the revised edition. Some of you might, but don’t really know what it’s for or why I’m doing it.

The first thing I want you to know is you do not have to buy it again. If you already bought it on Kindle, then it should just update (whenever I apply the revisions). Unfortunately, if you bought the printed version… Well, yeah. I’m sorry. So for that reason, if you’re a new reader checking this out, wait to buy the printed version until the revisions have taken place.

#1. The style. I’m a self-published author and can (thankfully) make improvements to my writing whenever I like. Cool, right? I think so. The biggest reason for change is I simply don’t like some of the sentences in there. Too many attributions, or attributions I just don’t like. Or whatever. You’ll see. 🙂

#2. The word count. When I first wrote Spectral, it was 250,000 words. As a comparison, most publishers will not accept a debut novel of the romance genre if it exceeds anywhere from 60-80k, and of the science fiction/fantasy genre, 100-120k. Spectral was long. Way too long.

I cut the word count down before first publishing (to 170,000 words). Still too long, but I didn’t know what else I could do at the time and I was feeling pressured to get it out. (“It’s done, isn’t it!? Stop nit-picking!”)

Now? I have an idea of what I can do. But it demands a lot of cutting from the beginning, which requires a lot of change in later parts.

So why am I doing this if I’m self-published? Who cares? The thing is, I’d like to eventually sell through places like Barnes and Noble. But Barnes and Noble charges their own prices for printing costs, and you guessed it: the bigger, the more expensive. In its current state, Barnes would charge near $25 for the book (and that’s the amount I don’t get. If I want any kind of money from a Barnes and Noble sale, I’d have to charge more than that, which I simply will not do.)

My goal is to shorten the word count to lower the cost of printing to make the book available from Barnes and Noble, which will then allow me to sign up for a book signing at local stores and hopefully get my book out there more. A lot of effort, but worth it…I think.

#3. The cover. My art style changes about as often as my writing, so when I see room for improvement, I jump on it.

The original artwork is too dark. In printed form, the matte texture on the book is just a fingerprint magnet. On lighter colors, not so much. I’m still not finished with the revised cover art (it’s been through several changes) but the overhaul I’m going for is… Brighter, and more. So there’s more than just their faces now. There’s light, there’s clothes, there’s extra hair. There’s just more. Yay.

#4. Sky vs. Skye. With the way she chooses her name, it makes more sense for it to simply be “Sky”. Period. The “e” thrown on the end has no meaning, so it shouldn’t be there. That’s pretty much it. So she’ll be Sky in the revised version.

That’s all I’ve got to say. I’m gonna stash this page somewhere easy to access.

If you want a sneaky peeky, here’s the new introduction.