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Monday, January 9, 2012

The Battle Within

So, I was checking the different sites where my books are available to make sure the information is correct, which I do occasionally because I know gremlins or nargels can cause havoc. I was reading some of the newer reviews for "Highland Stone." One particular review caught my attention because it said that the book ended like all the other time travel novels. This made me chuckle. The ending that is in "Highland Stone" today is not the way it was originally written. It's funny. I like to be different and I write what I like. This book, however, being my debut novel, gave me the first interaction with a publisher. One who told me that while she liked the story, she felt the readers would be mad at the ending. I battled with myself for a week. I spoke to critique partners, friends who are authors, and some of my regular friends about the ending. The advice I got more or less said go ahead and conform now to get the book out there and then once you get established you can do what you want.

I caved.

Yep, I went the easy route and rewrote the ending to conform to the way the publisher felt would be acceptable to the reading public. So now I'm curious.

To the readers out there my question is "Would you be upset if you read a time travel novel or any genre for that matter if the ending wasn't like every other one you've read?

To fellow authors, have you ever been asked to make this kind of decision? If so, how did you handle it?

I will tell you how the story ended originally, or may even post the original ending if along with your comments, you ask to see it.

6 comments:

  1. Just wanted to say again how much I loved loved loved Highland Stone and would like to know the original ending. I look forward to reading your other books. Keep up the good writing.
    Your Newest Fan,
    Kathie Loy

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    1. Please stop by and see the original ending for Highland Stone and leave a comment. Thanks.

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  2. I would love to read the original ending for Highland Stone. Please, please, please post it.

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    1. Please stop by and read the original ending to Highland Stone and leave a comment. Thanks.

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  3. I would love to read the original ending. The was one of my favorite books. Thank You!!!!

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    1. I have posted the original ending to Highland Stone. Please stop by the blog and read it and leave a comment. Thanks.

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