Today is March’s instalment of Insecure Writer’s Support Group, which sees hundreds of writers and bloggers worldwide post about their insecurities, support others with theirs, and offer up advice for overcoming them. If you want to visit the other IWSG member blogs, or sign up yourself, you can do so here.
I completely forgot about posting in February as I was absolutely swamped with writing, editing, and publishing, so I have a good excuse!
This month we’re being asked Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
As it happens, my very first release as an indie author was exactly that.
Cutting the Bloodline started life as a stage play way back in 2010, and was stashed in a draw for years before I reworked it and released it as a novella five years later.
I knew the story wasn’t entirely dead; the characters and the idea kept bugging me, kept whispering in my ear, and kept pushing me to release the story. How could I say no?
So Cutting the Bloodline became my debut release. It was the book that taught me how to format an ebook, how to use KDP, how to market a book, how to handle a book launch, pretty much everything about the indie publishing world. Of course, I’ve learnt so much more since, and there’s always new things to learn, but this book will always be special because it was my first. The characters too, of course, and I couldn’t say for definite that I’m finished with them either.