I honestly have mixed feelings about the news I’m going to share today. I’d sincerely hoped that I’d have a release date for Fire Blessed by the end of February … but I don’t. 😥 All I have is the same thing I’ve said for months now: soon.
At least this time, soon is a lot closer than it used to be. I’m 99.9% certain that all the major revisions have been completed, including major plot and character issues. At this point I’m basically just waiting on my line edits (because I know my punctuation sucks). Well, and maybe just one more read through from my beta readers–you know, to make sure the changes pass quality standards and stuff. 😀
So what am I doing while I wait for my editor and beta readers? I’ve done a bit of formatting, started work on the ebook file, ordered another proof copy to look for errors … and I’ve started the next book in the series. XD
It’s actually a relief to finally be able to move forward with the story; I’ve been obsessed with the events of Fire Blessed, the characters and their interactions, my developing villain, and a hundred other things. I didn’t let myself dwell on ‘what comes next’ much, because I wanted to get the current stuff right. As close to perfect as possible. Yet, as obsessed as I was (am), I had still this suppressed excitement whenever I let myself think about what I had planned, or I’d be ridiculously giddy whenever I’d work on my little teasers that would lay the foundation for BIG THINGS TO COME (emphasis mine).
Now? I actually get to work on those BIG THINGS TO COME. I’m just not going to tell anyone what they are yet. You’ll just have to wait and see!
In other news, my one year anniversary for UnBlessed is coming up in the next week. It’s hard to believe I’ve had a book out for an entire year! I plan on hosting a giveaway on Goodreads before Fire Blessed goes live, possibly soon, but I’ve been a little torn. My second book is leaps and bounds better than the first … and I’ve wondered if I should take some time to give UnBlessed a little TLC. My original plan was to finish the series before going back, but does it make sense to build on a weak foundation?
What do all of you think? As a reader, would you want every book in a series to have the same level of detail and quality? Does it matter if a debut book in a series is a little unpolished compared to the others? What about my fellow authors out there: is revising a previously published work a good idea or bad? Would you finish the series first, or make sure you have a strong, compelling foundation to build on?