Why Did You Update, Rename, and Re-release Your Books?

10 November 2016 by , No Comments

Whoa, there is a lot in that question, so let’s unpack it, shall we?

I re-released Man & Beast (formerly Frontiers) and Man & Monster (formerly Firelands) for several reasons. First, because I got the rights back to them and there had never been an ebook version of either. And even though it’s been a long time since both came out, I still get people asking about getting copies of both Frontiers and Firelands.

Given the people what they want, right?

And re-releasing the books let me fix some things I didn’t like about how they originally turned out. It’s not often we get a do-over, is it? I was never crazy about the cover for either book. Simon & Schuster actually commissioned a painter to do the cover for Frontiers and it does look beautiful in some respects. It also looks kind of cheesy to me. As for Firelands, let’s just saw Alyson didn’t have a lot of dough to spend on the cover. And not to brag, but I think the new covers turned out pretty awesome.

frontiersAs for the rewriting, there isn’t that much in either actually. I tweaked John Chapman’s character in Frontiers (he plays a smaller part in Firelands; the two books are standalones and you don’t have to read them in order). Upon rereading the book all these years later, I found him a little … whiny. I also cleaned up a couple of loose plot threads, tweaked a few things here and there and “Voila!” an updated book ready for the digital age!

Firelands has undergone slightly more renovations. In the original version, a rather prominent character comes to an untimely end. And a lot of readers hated that. At the time, I stood by my decision to off the character. I viewed it as essential to another character’s story arc.

Over time, however, I came to regret it. Novels, television shows, and movies are littered with dead LGBT characters. And I hated the idea that I had contributed to that, even if for a good reason.

So when I had the chance to fix that, I jumped at it. And I think it works just as well. (I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil things if you haven’t read it already.

But why the new titles?

I wanted a fresh start and I had the idea for a series built around the characters. Look for Man & Demon after I’ve finished writing The Drowning World series!

Interested in reading Man & Beast or Man & Monster? Head over here and here!

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