Forgive the salacious title, but it fits. Here’s why:
- Ebooks are fluid.
- Epublishing is not yo’ mama’s written-on-paper-bound-to-hang-around-for-as-long-as-yard-sales-exist kind of production.
Got typos? Fix ’em.
Hate your cover? Change it.
Missing a scene? Add it.
As long as the story is alive in the mind of the author, there is room, time and potential for change.
As a writer, I find this both scary and exciting.
Because most of the authors I know are perfectionists who can agonize for hours over the placement of a single word. Myself, I’ve tweaked a story to near death only to have my editor shrug off my concerns with a casual, “Oh, that’s nice.”
“Nice? Don’t you see the blood and brain matter on that page?” I wanted to shriek at her.
Anyway, the point of this blog is, as the title says, “More sex.” Here’s why:
In my second Screw Senility book, In With A Bang, I committed the writerly sin of falling in love with a cool line–a really nice cliffhanger line, granted–at the expense of story.
I knew this in my gut, but I didn’t listen to my inner author…until a reader–thank you, Ruth–asked, “What happens with Jed the Contractor? Do he and Judy get together in the next book?”
“Um…no,” I stutter while my brain scrambles to remember who Jed is. “He and Judy are just friends. Didn’t I make that clear?”
Of course not, dufus, or she wouldn’t have asked.
I realized immediately that poor Jed the Contractor got screwed. Or, rather, did not get screwed quite enough. He and Judy had unfinished business.
In a conventional print book, I, the author, and you, the reader, would be SOL (So…out…of..luck–don’t ask me why there’s only one O. I don’t know.) But this an eBook. I’m the ePublisher. So, guess what?
I added a new scene.
And yes, yes, yes (this is more affective if you say it ala Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally), it’s a sexy scene. A very Judy Banger scene. Jed got lucky. Very lucky. French tickler lucky.
There’s a lot to be said for satisfaction, don’t you agree?
PS: If you purchased In With A Bang! and your ereader doesn’t let you upload the most recent version, please contact me.