Visions and Revisions

I recently found out that one of my publishers is closing its doors. As of May 1st I will have my books back on my hands and can do what I wish with them. For the past few weeks I have been trying to decide what I want to do. This is such a big decision to make! The books that are coming back to me are The Second Life of Magnolia Mae and Jade: Out of the Ashes. I love these books. In fact The Second Life of Magnolia Mae is my favorite, just don’t tell my other books that.

I have had people message me and ask for a second Magnolia book. I had never intended for that one to be a series. Now that I have it back in my hands I’m wondering if I should go over it again and decide if a series is something that I could do, is it something that I WANT to do? I could do a sequel where her brother travels back in time. Perhaps he never gave up looking for her and he somehow finds a way to get back to her. Maybe, she now has a niece or nephew who make their way back to find her only they’re looking for their dad (her brother) who vanished while searching for her! Perhaps, Magnolia could return to the future and see how the world she once knew was affected by her time travel. I think I’ll read through this book again and see if I’m inspired to continue the story.

Meanwhile, Jade was always supposed to have a sequel but every single time I sat down to write it I got stuck. I couldn’t seem to stretch out what was supposed to happen next into an entire new book. I’ve often thought about rewriting the ending of that book. It would make the book longer than it currently is but it would give a more satisfactory ending. I have had readers message me asking when the next book will be released. Maybe it is time to go back and give it a proper conclusion.

Have you ever had a chance to go back and make changes to one of your books after it had been published? Is there a book that you would want to add to or delete from?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to Visions and Revisions

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    I haven’t really been in that situation — opportunity to make significant changes to a story already published. But I’ve certainly been through “overhauls” of a story not yet published… such as when I chopped some 55,000 words from a 165,000 draft to get Called To Arms Again to a manageable size.
    Magnolia Mae is one of your titles that I’ve read… and enjoyed. I’m afraid I don’t recall enough details, however, to recognize the possibilities you cite here ( in which you might create a sequel or prequel).
    I have others of your titles in my TBR list, including Jade… but haven’t gotten to it yet.
    Hopefully soon.

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  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Just curious. Which of your publishers is closing?


  3. I have never gotten stuck or had writer’s block. I find going back over any story will get me back in the groove again. I hope that you follow your feelings and make changes or get inspired to new ones when you reread these works.

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  4. All three of my first books have been rewritten, but that was because I wanted them to read better than my feeble attempts the first time around. Being an Indie, you can do that with no problems. Having had no classes in writing before I wrote the first three books, I had no idea what I was doing, even though all my readers thought the stories were good. The reviews I get on them after the rewrites tell me I did the right thing.

    To me, a sequel to a story is much more preferred than a series. When I pick up a book and get to the end, only to find there is no real end, it annoys me. Sometimes the author doesn’t say it’s part of a series, and sometimes authors write series on the same topics but each one stands alone as a finished story, so you never know unless you read the end of the story before the beginning. That’s not for me. Now, I don’t even start reading a book that says it’s part of a series unless they say they stand alone. And sometimes that’s not true either.

    Among my seven published books, I can’t think of one I’d like to delete. Not even the short stories I’ve had published in anthologies, although I don’t promote the anthologies. And though I’ve been asked to write a story about some of the other characters in my books, I’ve decided it wasn’t in their best interest. LOL My novels 2 through 4 include characters from the preceding books, and I found it very difficult to keep timelines and descriptions of the characters correct. I’d rather write new stories with new characters.

    One of those authors that asked me to start another story with a minor character from the previous book as the main character, has gone ahead and written the story himself, with my full support. I told him I wasn’t going to go down that path again, but he was welcome to run with it. So he did. I love it. After all, he was the one who suggested the character for my story in the first place. 🙂

    Best wishes on your future writing, Angela.

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