Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen

A Writer’s Beginning
By Nancy J Cohen

Do you remember when you first started writing books? Or as a reader, do you remember when you discovered a new author to read?

My latest project is to revise and update my backlist mystery titles and publish them as reissued Author’s Editions. The first book, Permed to Death, needed tightening, since I wrote it over 15 years ago. My writing style has changed in that time, and I can see problems now where I couldn’t see them before. So it has been particularly gratifying to edit these earlier works and to offer readers an improved version. Here’s my original book cover.

coverPTDWhen writing our first novel, we have all the time in the world, even though we might not be sure what we’re doing. By book number two, we may be contracted to a publisher and have to produce at a faster pace. But having the advantage of editorial advice also improves our writing.

If you’re a writer, how do you compare your earlier works to your current books? If you’re a reader, do you feel an author improves with time, or do some skim corners due to publishing pressures? Do your favorite authors write wonderful books on a consistent basis? Get better? Or slack off?

Do you ever wish you could go back in time for a Redo of life’s experiences? What would you fix if you had the chance?