It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group meeting. IWSG was created by the awesome ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can find out the other members of the group here.Thank you for sharing your feedback on prequels last IWSG! The advice was really helpful, and at the moment I've decided I'd like to release the prequel and book one of The God Challenges around the same time. Of course, that's still a couple years down the road.
But the advice I'd received had me thinking about prequels and particularly about Magna's Plea, a short story prequel set 800 years before Reborn. I like the story I created, don't get me wrong, but it could be so much more. I basically plopped the reader at the end of the story, like any good short story out there, but thoughts of the story's beginning and what led to the end swirled in my mind. I got excited at what was there, what I realized about Magna and her world 800 years before Yssa's in Reborn.
Of course, when I published the short story, I didn't think of how to make it longer. It was what it was until I learned enough to know more. I feel like I made a mistake in titling the story. Magna's Plea is a perfectly good title, but I'd like it to reflect the other titles in the series. That led me to the idea of retitling it to be Repledged (it goes along well with Reborn, Remarked, Reforged, Reigned, and Redestined). Plus, I don't think I was as clear as I could've been that Magna's Plea is set within the same world as Reborn and has similar themes, but there is no overlap in characters, except gods. So, yeah, I could've done things better.
So I am. I've been writing Repledged now from new and I'm loving delving further into Magna's world as well as the history of the Kingdom of Amora. I've decided to take down Magna's Plea from all retailers. I've created a new cover from the old one, and once the new novella-length story is finished and edited, I will be republishing the extended cut of the story and offering it for free just as Magna's Plea was.
That is the good thing about self-publishing. Not that I like to redo stories and prefer to have them right the first time, but when the opportunity comes along to make things better for the reader, then I have the chance to make the changes. So hopefully Repledged will be back online in the next few months.
And if it's long enough, it'll even be in print (although print's not free).
And starting today and continuing every first and third Wednesday through December 2015, I'll be releasing a chapter of Reborn on Wattpad. Today you can read the Prologue as well as Part I's quote.