Back in the sad, sad, dark-ages of writing, a writer would write a book. Edit that book like crazy. Give it to their editor, who would also edit the book like crazy. Then the book would get whisked away to the great and mighty publishing company, who would print the book and distribute it to all the little book stores of the realm.
Once the book was printed, it was as good as set in stone. There were no later edits. There was no adding in extra stuff. No changes at all. If you didn’t like how your book turned out, tough, it was going to stay that way until the end of time.
Or until a reprinting, whichever came first.
Then the age of book publishing enlightenment came!
Suddenly writers could have their book published as an e-book, and publishing didn’t take years, but as little as a few days. And the best thing about e-books was that they were flexible. If a writer decided that she wanted to change a few things in her book, she could just change it and re-submit it to be published.
Now I’ve found something even better than all that. I know it’s hard to believe, but now (at least with Createspace) you can do the same thing with your printed book too.
This is particularly great for me, because recently I’ve been reading through my first e-book and first printed book (Driftwood Island) and I’m finding a lot of things I’d like to change about it. It’s been a long while since I wrote that book, and in that time I’ve really grown and changed as a writer and I just don’t think that book really represents my writing very well.
But in this new age of being able to write and then re-write your novels, is it the right thing to do? Does it encourage writers to not be as careful in their writing or sloppy with their editing? Or does it help new writers improve their work as they grow? What’s your thoughts on this?
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