It is my pleasure today, to welcome author, D. M. Cain to Fiora Books, as she introduces the second edition of her book, The Phoenix Project! Welcome!!
GIVEAWAYS: (2) book bundles – (1) paperback of THE PHOENIX PROJECT along with (1) paperback of her children’s book, SOREN!
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What’s changed from the first to the second edition?
The Phoenix Project was originally released through Amazon KDP in May 2014. This was my first novel and I was doing everything on my own, tentatively finding my way around the independent publishing world. Although I was happy with the first edition release, I still felt that there were things that could be improved. I just didn’t know how to go about changing them! In January 2015, I submitted to US publisher Booktrope and was accepted. This began the nine month-long process of thoroughly re-editing the content and redesigning the front cover. The finished result is now significantly better than the original version!
So, what exactly has changed from the first to the second edition?
1) My editor and I felt that, although Raven’s character was explored thoroughly, some of the secondary characters needed a little more back-story. Due to this, young Italian terrorist Alexia, and Khan, the poster boy of Salverford, are now much more developed. We learn more about Khan’s childhood, where he comes from and why he is the way he is. I also took the time to explain more about Alexia’s faith and the psychological impact of the horrific events she witnessed as a child.
2) One of the comments that I received frequently about the book was that Raven’s character was complex and deep, however, he did a little too much moping! Some people found him unlikeable and so the character is still moody, dark, silent and depressed, but now he whines less about his predicament and is less self-indulgent!
3) Around 20,000 words have been cut from the first edition to the second edition and a lot of this was due to repetition. Upon reading through the book again, I felt that some plot points could be more subtle. I even totally removed two or three chapters that focused entirely upon Raven’s thought processes and instead incorporated this information throughout action scenes to maintain the readers’ interest.
4) The biggest change to The Phoenix Project is the epilogue. Loved and detested by readers in equal measure, it was always a point of contention. Some felt it polished the book off nicely, other felt it ruined it! Therefore, I decided to put more emphasis on the final chapter before the epilogue and turned this into a conclusive ending, and remove the epilogue entirely. However, after the final chapter there is a note to the reader where I mention that the controversial epilogue can still be accessed on my website for any readers who felt short-changed!
All of these changes plus the general improvements in editing, proofing and cover design have significantly improved this book and I can now say that I am satisfied with the finished product!
I would love to know what readers feel about the changes from the first to the second editions so why not take a look and drop me a line to let me what you think?
Don’t miss my Author Party Event (http://4Wills-DMCain.chatovod.com/) on Friday, January 15th at 1pm CST!!
D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.
D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.
Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.
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