Poll Follow-Up: Thanks Everyone!

Well, that escalated quickly (in a good way). ๐Ÿ˜‚

I want to thank everyone who responded (so quickly!) to my poll/question thing. I’m really glad I posted it, because it’s made me aware of many things that are important to remember going into this conference.

First of all, there are a lot of you out there who really enjoy my books, and you are all awesome. I wish I could give you all hugs, but I think the only one of you who’s going to be at Realm Makers is Claire. So I will hug her on behalf of everybody. She will be the representative huggee for the entire Beaumont and Beasley fanbase. (Very important job, Claire, be prepared.)

Secondly, I need to be very careful with anything I do moving forward, because as people do like my books in their current form, tinkering with them and losing the magic (no pun intended) would be a big, big mistake. Nate Philbrick suggested that the best policy was just to keep moving forward with even better stories rather than trying to improve what I’ve already written. Upon reflection, I think this is the better plan. Also, the phrase “keep moving forward” reminds me of Meet the Robinsons, which, though not a perfect movie, is very underrated and hilarious. But I digress.

Third, while mixing up the prequels with the existing books is probably not the wisest course of action, the prequels are important and should be a priority. As such, The Clawthorn Rose is now at the top of my to-be-written pile (though I’m prepping for The Mirror of Rorrim at the same time).

So to sum up, I’m not going to change what I’ve written so far. Aside from typos, of course. If you find any typos in my books, let me know and I’ll fix them. If they’re in a paperback version you’ve bought, I’ll send you a new one free of charge as a thank-you. But overall, I’m going to let what I’ve written stand. If anything needs to be expanded on, I’ll do it in a future B&B book or a prequel instead of trying to splice it into the original. That way I’m not being unfair to people who have gotten invested in the copy they’ve already bought from me. Relentlessly fiddling with my completed works in an effort to make them perfect is how I almost never published anything to begin with. I’d rather not go down that road again. And I’m also not going to enter into any publishing agreements that might compromise the things people have enjoyed about the existing B&B books.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who commented on this! Your feedback is invaluable to me, and I’m so glad you’ve liked the stories I’ve created so far. I’m looking forward to sharing more of them with you as soon as possible. ๐Ÿ˜Š

God bless!

Comments (5)

  1. Daley Downing July 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I’ll take that hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m really glad we provided you with a good answer so quickly! Although, as authors and artists creating our own vision, ultimately what we do with our work *is* up to us, when we’re taking money from people and they’re getting emotionally invested in our product, paying attention to their feedback is definitely advised. And over-perfectionism is *never* a good plan!

    • Kyle July 26, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      *hugs you* ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Yeah, I don’t want to do a George Lucas and lose touch with my readers…especially now that I’m writing prequels. I’m on dangerous ground here. ๐Ÿ˜‚

      • Daley Downing July 27, 2017 at 7:00 am

        Prequels can become tricky! So can sequels! If you’re writing just for yourself, and honestly don’t even care if you ever publish, that’s one thing. But once other people are invested in what you’re producing, I think to just ignore their feedback just isn’t cool. Maybe that’s just me…well, maybe not, since I’ve seen a lot of heartbroken reviews from loyal readers who were utterly devastated by a truly terrible ending to a once-favorite series! So, yeah, we need to listen to our fans!

  2. Deborah O'Carroll July 26, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks for this followup! *thumbs up*

    *laughs very hard* Claire is now representing the entire Beaumont and Beasley fandom at Realm Makers. XD (And I’ve met her, so it’s ALMOST like meeting you. XD)

    Glad we were able to be of service! ๐Ÿ˜› Excited about all your books, and wishing you the best at RM! ๐Ÿ™‚

    *virtual hug*

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