Get to the fix
I used Confessions one of my first self-published books as an example in my last article. I am currently working on editing the inside content. One way to revive a book is to simply reformat the inside layout. You can set it up with chapters and add in actual chapter titles. This is a simple way to make it look more professional.
Edits are a big deal too. You need to make sure you run it through a good editing software to help you catch any mistakes. I use Grammarly to help me with my editing. You should also edit for plot issues or names that have been confused.
Confessions is set up as a personal memoir. It is not something everyone would be interested in reading. This process of reworking it for a fresh release has me reconsidering how I present the information. In the current form, it is all fact to the best of my memory. I have decided to fictionalize my story and while some things will remain the same and be factual most of the story will be a work of dramatic fiction based on those facts.
Changing the story
When you go back to the original manuscript and see it is not working for the market there are a few things you can do. You can look for a new way to present the story that matches the current marketing trends. In my case, I will be taking my memoir and writing it in the style of a modern Horror story. Adding elements of suspense to the story along with a new way of seeing the information I have presented to the reader. You can change your story by changing the point of view. In my case, I am going to create characters who will be living where my memories were made. It will change the story from my point of view first person to the new fictional characters point of view.
When you change the story and take it in a new direction, you should make a note of what changes you make. Take those notes and look at the cover again. You will need to change your cover to better reflect the new changes. The back blurb will also need to be rethought. Do not leave them the same.
I will be leaving my first edition of this book up for sale through Amazon. This is another issue you will want to address. Do you want to leave the old book up for sale? In my case I do. If this is true for you as well, I suggest making sure the customers who bought the first book know this second edition has major changes to it. You want to be upfront with your readers about what they are buying. If you do not change the name of the book, then I suggest at the least adding edition two. Mark it, so the customers know there are differences in each release.
Time to stop writing about fixing my book and actually do it.
Your Favorite Small Town Writer,