So…without further ado, I present…the updated version of the book.
At the moment, it’s only live on Amazon but that link will be updated with other stores as it goes live elsewhere. I’m incredibly happy with it, so far everyone that has read it likes it better than the original.
I reached out to a Goodreads reviewer a while back to see if she wanted to review The Wedding (which she did) as she had given such great feedback on The Album. When I initially told her my plans, she said something along the lines of “I don’t know, I liked The Album, I even gave it four stars because I liked it so much. I think you should just fix the ending and move on.”
Well…her review is now five stars and she loved it. In fact, if you want to read her review, it’s here. I know that I can’t please everyone and lord knows that I can’t rewrite every one of my books if it gets a few negative reviews, but I’m glad that I did it for this one.
If only you’d seen my freak-outs when I was nearing the end of The Wedding because it was becoming more and more obvious that The Album didn’t fit in with the rest of the series. Every one of the books will still have some slight storytelling change. I think I’ve said this before, but The Album is songs, The Wedding is months, The Baby is levels (corresponding to weeks in a pregnancy), and The Stalker will be stalker notes.
The problem was that The Album was the only one with those flashbacks, I’m not sure why I loved that idea so much, now. I really felt like my writing wasn’t enough to make people want to continue reading. I thought that I needed some weird flashback situation to get people to read. I do wonder if people will find it less “unputdownable” (as someone said to me lol) since you’re not racing to try and figure out why Ariana left anymore.
Anyway, I’m participating in a BookFunnel sales promotion this weekend, So I’ve put the pricing update in for The Album to be $0.99 USD until May 2nd. If you’re interested, there is a whole tonne of books in the promotion, and you can check it out here. I’m also ridiculously glad that I mentioned it because I went to check what date the promotion ended and discovered that I still had the link to the old version of The Album in there. So 37 people have gone to a page where Amazon told them “sorry, this book doesn’t exist”. Yay! *facepalm*
Anyway, my husband wants to spend some time with me…what?!? So, I need to finish this blog post and go watch some TV and eat some ice cream and drink some Pepsi Max and all the good things we do at home on a Friday night in iso!
I hope everyone’s had a great day. It’s a long weekend here in Western Australia, so maybe I can get some more of The Baby written. It’s currently sitting at 90,863 words and I feel like I’ve got writer’s block or something. I just…I don’t know. I can keep writing it and finish off the story but something about it feels…wayward. I think I need to just do that, then send it off to my trusty advance readers for feedback. I’m overthinking it.
I’m also a bit sad panda because it’ll be four weeks on Sunday since I started writing it and I finished The Wedding in five weeks to the day. I don’t think that I can get The Baby finished in that same timeframe but I don’t have to and I won’t be a failure if I don’t…but I want to. I want to be able to say “I write books in five weeks”, but that’s so stupid.
Also, a part of me knows that I could finish it in another week and a half if I actually wrote something on it instead of rewriting other books and writing chapters of books I don’t plan to publish for a year and a half and longass blogs about doing those things and promoting the rewritten book and working and spending time with my family and writing stupidly long sentences that are poorly punctuated like this one.
Sorry about that paragraph above. I kind of just wanted to show you where my head is at with this book and this process and probably just life in general. 😝
Okay, I was finishing this blog three paragraphs ago. Have a great weekend, everyone…if you see another blog soon, you’ll know I’m still creatively blocked and avoiding writing more of The Baby. I do have to send out a newsletter tomorrow; if you’re not subscribed to my newsletter you can do so here. When you subscribe, you get (what is now!) the first chapter of The Album written from Gabriel’s perspective. This reminds me that I need to go update that to match the re-write…so as Chapter 1 and without him defending Seb.