Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Catching Up on Past Novels
I’ve just started reading some of my own old novels.
My first published fiction was a short story in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, which won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best first short story of the year. I had several other short stories published after that, but I really wanted to have novels published, too.
I finally succeeded in 1995 with my first time travel romance, A GLIMPSE OF FOREVER. It, and four subsequent novels, were published by Dorchester Publishing, which has fallen on hard times. I was fortunate enough to get my rights to those novels back from
Dorchester a while ago.
These days, it seems like a good thing to get one’s backlist republished in e-format, and I’m hoping to do just that. But I’m still trying to figure out if I should update the stories--and will do so with at least some of them.
A GLIMPSE OF FOREVER is about a woman from the past who comes into the present--of 1995. If I decide to republish it, it will probably be in “classic” format so I don’t need to change it.
I’d thought that it would be much easier to deal with my time travel romances where people went from the present into the past--but those scenes in the present are not today’s present, with smarter phones and better computers and other technology than back them. I’m still considering what to do with them.
I’m also re-reading my Faery Tale romance THE GLASS SLIPPER. That’s most likely the first novel I’ll try to put into e-format, and the “present” depicted in it isn’t too different from the real present of today--yet I’m making notes of things I’ll probably want to change.
I’m actually quite pleased, re-reading it. I like it! I haven’t read it in many years, and have written and read a lot of other stories since, so there’s a lot I’ve forgotten about it. I think it will be great fun to make it available to today’s readers in an easily accessible form--probably with the changes I’m noting to bring it, yes, into today.
What do you think? Have you read any authors’ backlist books republished in e-format? If you’re an author, have you done that yourself? What’s your opinion on keeping the stories the same as they were first written, versus updating them?