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Testing the waters – Your input is needed!

Epic Slant Press LogoI 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┬ácaliber┬áthat the RC is. What should my next move be?

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3 Responses to Testing the waters – Your input is needed!

  1. Starseeker says:

    I am still working on RC, but I enjoyed GLC. If it were me I’d leave GLC alone and work on the 3rd book. I think most authors first books (unless they spend their life time writing them and then even) aren’t quite as polished as the ones that follow just because you learn from your mistakes and learn to do things better. My art is similar, first ones not so hot but as I learn I get better, but I wouldn’t go back and redo an earlier work because it still conveys what I felt at the time, and sorta shows my journey.

    Either way I’d support whatever you do through Kickstarter because I enjoy all your works :D

  2. Susi says:

    I read RC, but not GLC. I also supported the kickstarter for RC and would support another kickstarter of yours without thinking about it. Whether it was a re-write of GLC or something new entirely I would put money toward it. :)

    RC was very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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