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25 March 2016 @ 05:26 pm
a terrible thing happened on the way to the revisions  

I’d quite deliberately handed ATLANTIS FALLEN over to beta readers who didn’t know the world the serial numbers had been scraped off, in order to see if the worldbuilding held up! Because that was my big concern!

Except I also sent it my cover artist, who did know the old world, and she emailed me in the middle of reading it and said “So how come you didn’t do X with this instead of sticking with the Y you had in place?”

…well, because I didn’t think of that. God damn it.

She said, “You can tell me “No no no, that’s a terrible idea, I am not revising the manuscript, why do you hate me?” and I will not be offended!”

Well, it is a terrible idea. It’s an absolutely terrible idea because it would mean having to revise a quarter of the manuscript. Possibly a third.

Unfortunately, it’s a terrible idea that solves a problem that I’d looked at early on, been unable to come up with a solution for, and had thought, Well, no, I mean basically that’s going to be okay….

And know what? I’m right. Basically it is okay. The beta readers haven’t had an issue (beyond some *very* minor, easy to fix problems) with the thing that flagged bright shiny red for the person familiar with the old version of the story.

But god damn it, it’s a better idea. It’s a better solution. It will be to the book’s betterment. There is a lot of better involved here.

But god damn it, there’s a lot of revision, too.

Honestly, if it didn’t solve that problem I’d been unable to come up with a solution for, I would leave it alone. But it does, dammit, and…this better be a great cover, is all I’m sayin’.

Dammit. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

martianmooncrab: pic#59898509martianmooncrab on March 25th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
thats what friends are for.....
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on March 25th, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
Been there, done that, drank the wine after.

Ellen Millionellenmillion on March 25th, 2016 10:13 pm (UTC)
It's worse when you get that realization after it's in print...
kitmizkit on March 25th, 2016 10:17 pm (UTC)
mmnnnah, because at that point it'd be too late and i'd be like "well, shit that would have been a good idea, but OH WELL" whereas now i actually have to fix it :)
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on March 26th, 2016 10:14 am (UTC)
Hee. I guess that's why beta readers. :)
Brienzebrienze on April 2nd, 2016 03:55 pm (UTC)
I downloaded the first version when you had it available, so I've been curious to see how the dis-franchised version differs. Now I'm even more curious!