Unpublishing My Firstborn
This past week I unpublished the three books in my Civil Tribulation Series. I had been wrestling with this idea for a few months and ultimately decided to pull the trigger. I realized this was the right thing to do, in part, for all the reasons Expedition to Eden author J. Manfred Weichsel said:
I wrote most of these books when I was an undergraduate. This was before my first fiction sale, before I studied craft or prose or became an avid reader. My marketing was nonexistent for these books and I bet if you follow me on Twitter, you didn't even know I had self published three books.
Collateral Damage changed everything. I'm currently working through the edits to this project. It will be the best thing I've written so far. And my biggest fear was that a reader would love Collateral Damage, pick up one from the Civil Tribulation Series, and be disappointed with the product.
With all that being said, I fully stand behind the story in the Civil Tribulation Series. I believe the characters had depth, the setting was unique, and the story was fun. It just missed an experienced writer. In fact, I had recently developed a short story around the series' supersoldier concept and sold it to Broadswords and Blasters.
Needless to say, the Civil Tribulation Series will return someday...with different covers, updated copy, and more genre appropriate titles. Until then, I'll stay focused and hammer away at Collateral Damage and fulfill the project for the readers, because my readers are counting on me to do the right thing - give them a great story.