[IDIOM] To bite the bullet: to make yourself do something or accept something difficult or unpleasant
Sometimes we indie authors get bad reviews. (This obviously isn’t just an indie thing, but those with publishing houses and editors have a system saying their work is worth their attention and time. When you’re an indie author, it’s just you. Maybe a few of family members and friends, but generally speaking they’re not writing professionals.)
Sometimes we know those reviews are simply the result of the fact that you can’t please everyone.
But sometimes? Sometimes even we are unhappy with our own work. Not just “I could have done X, Y, & Z a bit better, but oh well.” I mean “I can’t stand to even look at the thing and I wonder how many readers stop reading it and it’s just not good.”
For almost a year and a half I’ve been upset with the quality of my first book, No Angels, so I got honest opinions from some other authors. The reviews, (all poor), stated the book had a lot of potential and could’ve been a wonderful read, but it needed more work. They confirmed my worries.
So what to do? I could:
A.) not do anything, allowing people to read my shoddy first work at the risk that it will draw them away from the second and third installments, (which in my opinion are of significantly better quality)
B.) bite the bullet, edit and revise No Angels, and put out a new edition.
As an author, I want to give people the best story I can. I intend to do so, releasing a new edition of No Angels in 2014 before the release of my third and final installment in the trilogy*. By correcting something that’s been bothering me for over a year, I can let the trilogy rest in peace and look back at it with the satisfaction of a job well done. I hope you’re just as excited as I am.
Onwards I go!
* The release of a new edition of No Angels will not affect The Final Advent‘s release date.