After a lot of consideration and even writing about it on this very website, I’ve “gone and done it”. I spent a considerable time on a rewrite of the very first Hilda the Wicked Witch booklet. It’s currently available through Smashwords and Amazon.com already, it will trickle down to the other stores in due time. The new edition first has to go through quality control with Smashwords, which I expect should not be a problem.
The basic story remained the same, I didn’t change very much (as the story itself is rather good, I dare say, I have over 90,000 downloads to back that up), but Hilda’s character has changed to the witch we know now, and also the language had a make-over.
Next step: have a look at Hilda – Snow White revisited and see if that needs some tender loving rework. Next to writing Hilda 12 of course!
Lately I’ve been thinking about “improvement”. In many areas of modern life people strive for improvement, getting better, faster, smarter and all that.
My reference for that were the first four of five Hilda the Wicked Witch stories. I know that they are not so good as they could be. They were not edited by someone else, there was no serious proofreading, just the spell-checker of my writer’s software. And I put them out there, in the big world of e-books.
I had no idea that Hilda the Wicked Witch would become such a phenomenon, if you allow this from the person who wrote the books. So, I started wondering if I should improve those books. Go over them, rewrite them, take them up to the level that the newer books have. After all, during the years I have been writing there has certainly been improvement. Improvement in my writing style, the use of language. People tell me so. And also my ‘support team’ of people who gladly help to get the books in shape has improved (grown).
It would bring the whole series into the same level of quality. It would also take a lot of time (in which I could write new books).
A benefit would be that many people who read the first one or two books would not be put off by the inferior quality of those books. If someone has an idea what I should do about this, do let me know! Maybe I am taking this too heavily on my mind at the moment.