Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Rewrites coming for The Erebus Files

One of the best parts about being an indie author is being able to write and release on your own schedule. That also includes being able to rewrite your own published works. And as you may have guessed from the redesigned cover, this particular rewrite represents a major change in the story of Lucid.

New cover for the  rewritten edition of Lucid

Something this big deserves an explanation. I will admit that I rushed Lucid, Red Awakening, and the first book of the 'Ru Lexicon trilogy, Return of the Light, to print. Comments and reviews have backed this up and lead to no small amount of embarrassment on my part. As such, I decided to pull all three from distribution. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, only that they needed some serious attention to make them worthy of both my efforts and those of my readers.

I started with Lucid because I was working on the third book in The Erebus Files, Hazard, and I realized I couldn't tell the story I wanted to because of the way I had told the story in Lucid. Which meant before I could go forward, I had to go backward. I spent several months thinking about what I wanted to do with the character of Laec Matthews and his world, and realized that while I liked his inherent badassery, Laec really wasn't a sympathetic character.

I know Laec well (obviously), but he wasn't showing his best side to the world, which meant I had to rewrite his story. And as often happens, those rewrites began to take on a life of their own. I couldn't have predicted the twists and turns he wanted his story to take, but I went along for the ride and I have to say, I'm glad I did. What we have now is truly Laec's story.

I'm not rushing this book to print. In fact, I'm still polishing it to get it exactly where Laec and I want it to be. And then it will require a beta read (any volunteers would be appreciated), another thorough edit, and maybe then--maybe--I will deem it ready to be released into the wild.

For those of you who have purchased this book through either Amazon or any Smashword outlets (B&N, Apple, etc.), I will be happy to provide an updated copy when it's ready. Just drop me an email through this blog or in the comments. I'll make an announcement when it's ready.