I know I said in my interview with Beyond the Fried that my next project was not going to be a Rhine Maiden book. Well, I’ve changed my mind. That interview got me thinking. There are quite a few things I wished I had done differently in my first book and I suddenly realized that I can change them! Sounds silly now, but I’ve thought about rewriting The Rhine Maiden in the past and been too overwhelmed by the idea. Now that I have six books under my belt, I think I am finally ready to start over again. Not just re-editing, but a complete rewrite.
The other night I sat down with my husband and made him read to me all the things that people mentioned they hated in the Amazon comments. I know, I’m a big baby. It was just gentler on my tender self-esteem to hear it instead of read it! I now have a list of things to fix, and I think these changes will make it a better book.
Since it will be significantly different from the original, I’m going to delete (gasp!) the The Rhine Maiden and publish a new book. It will still be “A Rhine Maiden Novel” but I’m going to give it a different title, and a new cover. I micro-managed my graphic artist on the first cover and, oddly enough, it’s the cover I like the least. This time I’m going to stay out of her way. I will lose all my negative reviews that are talking about stuff that will no longer exist in the book. I will also be losing my positive ones, but since it’s almost half and half, I think this is the way to go.
The scary thing is that I will then have to re-edit all the subsequent books to make sure there are no “continuity” problems. The fun part is that I get to reinvent Piper’s beginning. I feel that I have a better grasp on who she is now and rewriting the first book will only make her a stronger character.
My top five title ideas (for now):
1. Don’t Rhine on My Parade
2. Blame it on the Rhine
3. Out of the Rhine
4. Risk of Rhine
5. Listen to the Rhine