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Ship and Release

I was chatting with a group of authors today when someone asked whether I’d ever go back and edit books I’ve already published.

As an indie author I can always pull my books back from distributors and rework them, but just because I can doesn’t mean I should.

When I look back at my first novel, there are plenty of things I could fix. The book works on a macro level, but scene by scene there are definitely weaknesses. At the time, there were parts that didn’t sit well with me, but I didn’t know why. Still, I knew it was the best I could do at that point in my career and so for that reason alone, I’m proud of it. I refuse to go back and fix the scenes that don’t work.

As we grow as artists, there’ll always be something in a past writing project that we can do better now. We’ll want to fix it. The trick, in my opinion, is not to keep tinkering with the past but to make sure our current work-in-progress is the best we can make it at this stage in our careers.

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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