Reblog: Why a series reboot is a bad idea and why I did it by Wilmar Luna

Today’s post is a reblog from my good friend and author Wilmar Luna who discusses the pitfalls for rebooting a novel series and what he learnt from doing his own reboot.

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Reboots, we’ve all seen them. Sometimes we like ‘em, sometimes we hate ‘em.

I think we can mostly agree that when Batman & Robin got rebooted into Nolan-verse, Batman Begins that was an improvement.

When Robocop (1987) was rebooted to Robocop (2014) that was a downgrade.

Your mileage will vary with reboots. I personally liked the reboot of 3:10 to Yuma, others preferred the original. A reboot, especially a series reboot, needs to be handled with care.

I wish someone had told me this before I published my first two books, which is why I’m telling you now.

Don’t reboot your series. If you do, have a game plan.

SITUATION:

You wrote and released two books. They’re part of a series we will call, The Dagger Crown.

When you wrote your first book, you didn’t have a clue what you were doing. You hired the wrong people, wasted a lot of money, and you wrote flowery prose to prove you knew how to write.

You publish book one and it bombs.

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I hope you found Wilmar’s article as helpful as I did.  I was fortunate enough to be a beta reader for Wilmar’s book A Bitter Winter (The Silver Ninja book 1) and I loved it.  He has created a strong superheroine and I highly recommend you check it out.

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Do check out the rest of Wilmar’s website and his other articles.  I will be back on Monday. Have a great weekend 🙂

Happy writing

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2 thoughts on “Reblog: Why a series reboot is a bad idea and why I did it by Wilmar Luna

  1. I am actually preparing to do just this, except I only have 1 book. I plan to retitle it, new ISBN numbers (I bought my own), rework a lot of the interior, and new cover. Essentially, my first published book was an extensive outline that I plan to treat everyone who purchased a paperback with a free copy (thankfully not too many) as well as offer the kindle free for a few days. I need to do this because of it being a trilogy and needing a stronger book 1.

    Any suggestions to do this the correct way? I read you should write “previously *insert original book title*” in the cover page somewhere. Is this true?

    • I’m not sure who said, “previously blah blah blah” but this is an unnecessary step. If you’re going to change the book cover, change the title, change the interior, then what you have is a brand new book.

      So my suggestion, assuming you don’t own a trademark or a website domain with the exact name of the original book, is to rename everything into a new series and new title. Even though it’s still essentially the original book, you’ve given it a complete overhaul to make it a brand new experience, so treat it as one.

      Like I mentioned in the blog post. The only reason I tried to keep the original The Silver Ninja title was because of these factors.
      1.) My website was already branded thesilverninja.com
      2.) I own the trademark to The Silver Ninja.
      3.) A healthy amount of readers have already become familiar with The Silver Ninja.

      If you don’t have a website, trademark, or a lot of readers, then you have the wonderful advantage of starting from scratch. Renaming your original book will simply create more work for you. You would have to rename it on Amazon, Goodreads, and anywhere else you may have sold the book.

      You pretty much have no obligation to keep the original title. If it’s a bit more complex then that, leave a comment and I will get back to you.

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