Twenty years ago this September, my first book was published by Warner Books. Some days I hardly feel like I’m twenty years old so it doesn’t seem possible to have a book that old. But it’s true. Today, I took my copy of Passion’s Choice off the book shelf behind my desk and looked at it. I haven’t done that in years. I smiled as I held it in my hands and remembered how my fingers trembled when I opened the box. It was absolutely thrilling to receive that first published book.
The pages have yellowed quite a bit and that beautiful, romantic front cover has faded. The spine is crinkled where I opened it and read every page as soon as I got it in my hands. Such fond, fond memories. I put it back on the shelf and let my fingertips run along the spines of all twenty-one of my books. Most of them have yellowed and faded but Passion’s Choice was the only one with a bent spine. When I read it for the first time, I wanted to tweak this sentence, change that word, or delete an entire paragraph. However, the book was already in print and I couldn’t do it! That cured me from wanting to read my books once they are published…….That is until earlier this year.
Sourcebooks bought my previously published Amelia Grey titles last year and decided Never A Bride should be the first re-release. My intuitive editor, Deb Werksmen asked if I’d like to make any tweaks or changes to it before they sent it to print. I wrote that book nine years and eight books ago. After twenty years, you can bet I wanted to make some tweaks and changes!
So I re-read Never A Bride because this time I could change whatever I wanted. It was exciting to do that, and now I look forward to reading and editing the other books that will be re-printed in the coming years.
And now, it is with great pleasure I announce the re-release of my first Amelia Grey book—Never A Bride, available at your favorite local or online bookstore.
My question to you today is: Do you re-read your books, articles, interviews, or blogs once they are printed?
Watch for A Gentleman Never Tells coming from Sourcebooks in June 2011. Please visit me at ameliagrey.com or email@example.com.