Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Making old books new

Posted by: Shona Husk

Earlier this year the rights to three of my sci-fi romance novellas came back to me. I loved writing the Decadent Moon series. It was sexy, fun aliens—what isn’t to love? I wanted to put it back out, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to put them back out as individual books or one volume. How much did I re-write or did I just give them a quick polish. My writing has changed in four years. The publishing world has changed so much in four years. 

After much deliberating I went with one volume that I could price nicely. The three novellas make one 70k book, which is a good length. And I gave the stories a polish, but otherwise didn’t change them. While it is tempting to filter and update everything in the digital age it’s also nice to be able to look back and see how things were.

As the publishing worlds keeps changing these are the kinds of questions more authors are going to be asking. Each author will find a different answer.

Do I still love the stories. Yep, without a doubt. If I didn't they would have vanished without a trace. And while I still love the world it’s been so long I have no desire to write more stories set there. I have new worlds to create and explore. For me, that is the fun part of writing.

What do you think? Is bundling up old books the way to go? How much do you clean up old stories before re-publishing them?


Decadent Moon is a resort where alien species come together for pleasure and business. There are only three rules:
No interspecies hate.
No violence.
No debts.
Enjoy your visit to Decadent Moon.


Lunar Exposure A bounty hunter on a mission and a socialite with secret—both of them are hunting the same man. Lust and ambition clash, but to save Decadent Moon they will have to trust each other.

Lunar Reunion
Six years ago they made a mistake. Can they reclaim what they thought lost?

Lunar Dancer
A courier desperate to reclaim her daughter delivers a message to prince masquerading as a dancer, unaware she is delivering the order that get him killed. Now they must find a way to save him and her daughter.

4 comments:

  1. I'm of a few minds about this.

    One is that I DID do an edit pass on Faerie Blood when I released its second edition, but that was a little bit more substantial than just a copyedit. I did certain things that would bring the book up to speed to being set in 2012, when I'd originally written it in 2003. This required, among other things, acknowledging that cell phones were now a Thing and that I should think about how they would affect character behavior.

    Two is that I can also see a scenario where a copyedit pass might be just warranted in general, if the last released edition of the book hadn't been edited up to snuff to begin with.

    Three, I'm at the same time a little wary of venturing too far down the path of Special Editions! I don't want to find myself feeling like I'd have to re-release the same novel every 5-10 years just because I had to tweak what flavor of cell phone the characters were using, or something.

    And four, time spent re-editing previously released works is time you're not actually working on new stuff, and _yeah_, that's a problem.

    In conclusion: go not to the elves for counsel, for we will say both no and yes. ;)

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    1. haha re the elves. It is one of those situations where there are good reasons for both sides.

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  2. It's an interesting question. I got back two Ellora's Cave shorts just recently and the hubs is all in favor of getting them out there, but I was waffling, wanting to revisit them. Though I do tend to be otherwise water under the bridge with stuff that's been published already. Maybe I should just get them out there! Hmm.

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    1. That was my situation. I'm glad I went through them again. If you still love the stories put them back out :)

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