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.


About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women

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