Do overs and revised editions

D Kai Wilson-Viola

Kai Wilson-Viola writes under various names, and in all genres. Co-founder and webmistress of the IAG site, she writes content on request of members. She has written several books including the Ten Hour Marketing Plan and 12x12 - tutorials for social media. When not writing, she can be found maintaining sites, designing themes, managing a charity called the Less than Three foundation, gaming, knitting or reading.

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  1. Kriss Morton says:

    The only thing I can say is that Amazon is making it easier. Authors are not losing reviews by updating their file. Cover art, edited, new formatting etc. This is how you can sell a serial novel with 10 projected parts for 5 bucks when it first comes out and upload it with the second and the third etc. Amazon let’s your customers know and most of us watch for it. When I went to download the latest in my zombie serial I had 42 updates and it was new cover are, formatting and five that I knew had horrific editing issues were CLEAN! It was awesome! But ummm what you said, I think I lost my brain when I reviewed three books three days in a row and stayed up making a tarot card with my out house, sleep deprivation maybe to much.. MWAH!

    • Kai says:

      I think revised editions are definitively the most ‘honest’ way to handle our book updates – that is, keep updating the file that’s up there and keep going with improving.
      I mean, yeah, at some point you have to give in and say ‘right, ok, I’m fine with this book now, I really need to focus on ‘NEW’, but I really don’t get authors that see reviews that say ‘your editing is bad, this is an issue, that is an issue’ and go running to lists complaining they’re being picked on. Uh… Isn’t there a minimum standard out there?
      I guess the other side of it is always going to be ‘some readers are never happy’ and there are some really nasty people out there who see indie and think ‘aha, another chance to post a one star zinger’.
      I might talk about that next week actually 😉 *hugs* thanks for the comment.

  2. I need new covers. I *know* I need new covers (I’m saving up!), I just hadn’t really realised when I started out that a cover was still important in the world of ebooks… daft, maybe, but mistakes are for learning 😉 I was just planning to update the existing editions.

  3. Great post. I completely agree that books should be as perfect as possible when they go up. However, as an Indie author I ran into unforeseen publishing snags and politics that forced a complete do over of my entire series.

    Luckily, as Kriss said, Amazon does make this much easier, although I have to struggle to regain my footing in that slippery market.

    I do hope that my case is an unusual one, and that all other authors reading this don’t run into the same snags that I did.

  4. My books are the best that they can be. I didn’t go charging into self-publishing without doing my homework first, so if there are typo’s, I’m sorry, but I’m not losing sleep over it. I just make it a habit to be more vigilant in proofreading with future books.

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