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