I am currently in a bit of a pickle and I need the perspective of someone on the outside. Not long ago I sat down to start working on the second edition of The Guild Leader’s Companion. The polish of this book just didn’t live up to that of The Raider’s Companion because I simply had no publishing experience. I was only thinking like an author when I produced it. I wanted to give it the appropriate treatment but as I started reading through it I realized that my writing and leadership styles have come a long way since then. That sent me on a path of doing a rewrite of the entire book. By following that path I suddenly realized I wasn’t doing a rewrite. I was writing an entirely different book. It is coming along nicely but as I’m working through it I realize it is an entirely different animal.
I’m not ready to talk about what my new book is just yet but I am about 25% done with the manuscript and extremely excited about it. At the same time, as I look at the GLC I’m almost mortified. I know it is common for an artist of any kind to dig on their old work but this book is still out there. This book is still a representative of me as a writer and as a guild leader. It is for that reason that I suddenly changed courses, set down the new book, and started working at the GLC rewrite again. I am working on making it less of a re-skin and more of a true second edition without scraping it.
My question to you all is this: is there any honest interest in a 2nd edition of the GLC? It has been selling pretty well lately which is what spurs this on. So I need to ask, if I started a Kickstarter project for it tomorrow, would you be interested enough to donate if you were the kind of person that donates on Kickstarter? More importantly, am I just being neurotic here? I really feel confident with the RC but as I look at the GLC I just don’t get the same warm and fuzzies. I need it to be the same caliber that the RC is. What should my next move be?