Someone asked me the other day how long it takes to write a book, and I realized that I had absolutely no idea! What I did tell him was that, while I write pretty fast, a book is never written just once, but about ten or fifteen times!
I just finished going through what I sincerely hope is the last version of Warrior and emailed the changes to Sourcebooks. It's a good thing I write what I enjoy reading, or by this time, I'd be sending my novels into cyberspace rather than publishing them. Our editor seemed to think it was better than Slave when I first sent it to her, but it's gone through so many changes since then, I'm not sure anymore.
However, what I can tell you is that even after having read through it a million times, it didn't get boring. There are still parts that make me smile, some that make my heart beat a little faster, and others that give me goose bumps, so from my perspective, it's still a good story.
Of course, what really matters is what the readers think. I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on Slave, and several have told me that they loved Jacinth's kick-ass attitude and Cat's sweetness. I'm pretty sure that Leo is every bit as appealing as Cat--those Zetithian boys are pretty irresistible on principle--but Warrior's heroine, Tisana, is a little softer, more feminine, and may appeal to a different kind of audience. Perhaps it will have a broader appeal, but what I wonder is, if you'd read the first one and didn't care for it, would you bother to read the second? Do readers ever give an author a second chance, or are they banned from the reader's list forever?
What are your thoughts?