I hope you’ll forgive a bit of a commercial, but I wanted to take a chance to let you know about an aspect of my writing that I’m really excited about. My talented husband, Ken Raney, started Raney Day Press to get some of my older books back out in print (and e-book). Now that I’ve been writing almost 23 years, I’ve begun to get the rights back to some of my titles that were published by traditional publishers.
Some of these books needed serious updates, not so much because I’ve learned a lot about writing in 23 years (although that’s certainly true!) but more because the “contemporary” world has changed drastically in the past quarter century! Sometimes I simply need to give my characters smart phones instead of flip phones, but in the case of my first three novels, I had my characters using pay phones, and going to the library for research. (Ah, the good ol’ days. LOL!)
There’s also the issue of updating medical information and updating cultural changes that have happened since those books were first published. For instance, my third novel, Kindred Bond, dealt with the issue of euthanasia and I was shocked to find, while updating the details, how many more states have legalized the practice since I first wrote the novel back in 1997.
Ken, who is primarily an illustrator and graphic designer, gave all of my books new covers, and in the case of a few of them, we’ve given them new titles. We prefer to keep the original title when possible, just so readers aren’t confused about whether they’ve already read the book or not. But sometimes the title must be changed, usually because it has been used for another author’s book (or 20 other authors’ books!) in the years since it was first published. (We always note on the back cover and also inside the book that it was previously published under another title. We don’t want anyone to feel “tricked” into purchasing a book they’ve already read! That said, several of my books have been rewritten and expanded extensively enough that I don’t think readers would be disappointed to read them again in the new, improved format!)
Our newest release is Above All Things, just out this week! This book was originally published by Steeple Hill under the same title, but was only available in a mass market edition, so I’m excited to have it available in the larger trade size print edition, as well as in e-book format for all platforms.
I’m also excited to give you a sneak peek at a book that will release next month. Insight is another book that was first published by Steeple Hill. I love how Ken’s cover captured the mood and themes of my story. It’s an interesting experience to read my own books again after almost a decade. And I’m happy to say that I fell in love with my characters all over again! I really love both of these stories and I hope you will too! There is much more coming from Raney Day Press in the coming months and years!
And now, I’d love to give away a print copy of another Raney Day Press title, Nearly (the book formerly titled Kindred Bond). To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. I’ll choose a winner and post the winner’s name in the comments here on Wednesday.