Second Chance: New edit, new description!

It has been eight months since Second Chance was published and I have been bowled over by the response. Like many first time authors I had no idea what to expect. I was – and sometimes still am – expecting to be called out as a fraud, yet to date Second Chance has received 32 reviews on and, the majority being four or five stars.

But despite all the work that went into getting Second Chance ready for publication, I knew there was room for improvement.

So Second Chance has undergone another round of  professional line-editing to further tighten the text, remove any errors and get it into the best shape possible. I even made a couple of very minor changes to help clarify a couple of areas ready for the launch of its sequel towards the end of this year. The new version of Second Chance is already available through Amazon and those who have already bought the book receive the new version free of charge in the next couple of weeks via the Kindle auto-update function.

At the same time I have created a new description – or blurb as they call it in the trade.

“Political intrigue, neuroscience, a missing-persons investigation – this well-written novel has it all.” Carrie Rubin, author of The Seneca Scourge

One crime, four people and a secret that could shake the world to its foundations.

Four lives become linked by a student’s disappearance: a politician looking to put integrity back into politics, an investigator hoping to atone for past mistakes, a data cleanser searching for a better life while haunted by his past and a re-life technician creating new lives for old souls.

But it soon becomes clear this is no ordinary case, and in the pursuit of the truth, long-held secrets are at risk of being revealed.

Set in the near future where everybody is connected and death isn’t final, this is the story of how far those in power will go to retain control, and the true price to pay for a Second Chance.


I believe the new description has more punch than the old one but what do you think? If you have read Second Chance, does the new description reflect the book? For those who haven’t read Second Chance, does the description make you want to find out more?

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26 thoughts on “Second Chance: New edit, new description!

  1. Great post and good luck with the new edition. I can relate to your wise words as I felt the same with my first book. There is so much to learn and there is always room for improvement of some kind, I have a specialist edit and new cover relaunch soon, so finger crossed for us both !! Take care SJ 🙂

    • Thanks, Sarah Jane! Yes, there is still so much to learn but the important thing is we keep striving to put out the best book possible. The very best of luck for your edit and relaunch too 🙂

  2. Congratulations on the success! I hope you see much of the same with the sequel. I love the new description. I downloaded my copy. You are now on my to-read list. Would you recommend the route you took to others? By that I mean, if you were to do it over again, would you still release the book first to gauge its success, then invest in professional edits & re-release? Or would you make those investments ahead of time and release a single version? Sorry to grill you ~ I’m an aspiring author who knows nothing about the publishing process. I ask those more experienced & successful than me a lot of dumb questions. 😉

    • Thank you, Carrie. That is very kind of you. I hope you enjoy Second Chance 🙂
      I would recommend you get the best editing you feel you can afford. My book did have professional editing at launch, but it was a “quick once over” done by a friend who happened to be a professional editor, followed by line editing by two very picky readers. I chose this level of editing at the time because I had no idea how successful or not my book would become. This level of editing proved to be good enough for the majority of readers.
      Once it became clear that the book had a little traction, both my editor friend and I agreed it needed another edit before the sequel was launched.The new version was originally planned to be made available at the same time as the sequel was published but I recently had feedback from a couple of sources – including a review – that there were too many issues for some readers, so I decided to relaunch as soon as possible.

    • If you make significant changes you can ask Amazon to make the files available to all previous purchasers. They will do this if significant (they decide) changes are made. If the changes provide a major improvement to the reader experience, they will also email each previous purchaser to let them know a new version is available. If not, the file will be available for them to download from their Manage Kindle page, or will be updated automatically if the auto-update function on their Kindle settings is turned on (as is usually the default).
      The only downside with the auto-update is that it delete your saved position, so any current readers may lose their place in the book.

  3. Excellent news on the re-edit! And this new blub certainly works for me. Best of luck with the re-launch, and you know you can count on me for continued promotion of this novel and the next.

  4. I love the new blurb. The line: “One crime, four people and a secret that could shake the world to its foundations” is a great opener, and the ending of the blurb: “and the true price to pay for a Second Chance” is perfect. You really weaved all those characters together skillfully. Not easy to do with several POV characters. I am honored to have a piece of my review mentioned. Thank you!

  5. Well, without whimpering into my soup I have to say you’ve done a lot better on reviews than I have, and its nice to see a hard working decent author getting the attention, and hopefully sales, he deserves. I’ve found getting anyone to notice me after the first Blog fuelled push to be quite hard, and funnily enough, when I com[are my sales charts with the reviews, they didn’t seem to have the impact I’d expect, although they were also 4-5 stars. Still, I’ll keep plugging away and hoping for the best. Your upbeat determination is just the kind of thing to keep me going

    • These things take time, Peter, so please don’t throw in the towel quite yet! I’ve done a couple of things to help generate reviews. If anybody has contacted me to let me know they have enjoyed the book, I’ve not been reticent in asking them to leave an honest review. I’ve also added a polite request for reviews at the end of my book and I do send out the odd reminder on social media from time to time. Keep going, Peter. Self-publishing is a long game. Don’t think about what has happened over the past couple of weeks, but look back six months to see how things have progressed, and never be embarrassed about promoting your book.

      • Funnily enough my book wasn’t self-published, although that doesn’t seem to make any difference these days. I take what you say about the long road. I have a second book coming out reasonably soon, I hope, although its hard to get a firm date from the publisher, and I hope that will give me a bit of a lift. Other than that I shall take a leaf out of your book regarding reviews. You are always kind and supportive in your comments, and its very much appreciated

      • My apologies, Peter. I do know your book was published via a small publisher but as you say, the challenges you face in getting exposure are the same as those of us who chose to self-publish.
        All the best,

  6. Hi Dylan, I love the blurb a lot. I’d already been interested in buying your book (you’re on my to-read list), but this new blurb really sells it! (Question for you: do you have an epub version out? I don’t have a Kindle, and I normally read on my Kobo.)

    • Hi Sue, I’m really glad the new blurb has caught your interest. Unfortunately I have an exclusive contract with Amazon until the end of October at the earliest, but I do plan to make it available on all the major ebook platforms in time for the launch of its sequel.

  7. Funnily enough, I am considering some amendments to Ravens Gathering, but I doubt they’ll be significant enough to warrant changes. I’m curious now to see how your two versions compare. I’ll have to crack on with the first read (I’m nearly there, Dylan. I know I’ve been quiet of late, but I’m very close to being more active. Thanks for your support)

    • The changes aren’t structural, just purely to tidy a few errors in the prose. I noticed tonight that my kindle has been updated with the new version, so if your auto-update function is switched on, you should have the new version too.
      I’m very much looking forward to you being ‘back in the saddle’. You have too much talent to not be writing 🙂

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