Plans continue to rewrite and retool my ebooks at Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. I published my first book there in January 2013. Although my main character was a boy named Lenny Stevens, it introduced Vree Erickson and started the ball rolling for her to take center stage in many of the stories that followed.
I based the first book on a short story I wrote in high school in the 1970s called “Ghost Dogs.” I had such a fun time in 2012 going through my old stories, stripping them down to their bare bones, clothing them in newer outfits, and giving them new titles. The book became “Night of the Hell Hounds.” After publication, I knew the story should have been Vree’s, so I rewrote it in 2014 and turned it into a novel. I drove the librarians crazy at Amazon’s partner site Goodreads with all my changes. You can read more about the story and others by searching through my blog’s archives.
I published the following editions of Book 1 at KDP before I took all my books off market:
- “Night of the Hell Hounds”: A Ridgewood Short Story, first edition, January 7, 2013, 19 pages
- Night of the Hellhounds: A Vree Erickson Novel, second edition—title and story change, November 15, 2014, 200 pages
- Margga’s Curse: A Vree Erickson Novel, third edition—title change, January 1, 2015, 200 pages
Please note that I retitled the third edition, Margga’s Curse, to Mergelda’s Curse at Smashwords where it is still available free for download. I will pull it from the market when I finish rewriting it.
At KDP, I published as Steven L. Campbell. The new books will list me as Steve Campbell. And it will have a new title. Its working title is Curse of Myers Ridge, but I don’t know its final title yet.
Other changes include
- Vree as a middle child instead of a triplet
- Her father is alive
- Her grandparents live at Alice Lake
- The west end of Alice Lakes butts against the cliffs of Myers Ridge
Currently, Vree’s age is in flux. I want her to be 15, going on 16. 16 is when you can get your driver’s license in Pennsylvania and I don’t want her driving yet.
So, it’s off to work at my mundane retail job today before I can continue the joy of rewriting Book 1 tonight.
A Pencil Illustration of Vree Erickson