Monday, March 14, 2016

To Edit or Not to Edit...That is the Question

by Marci Boudreaux

Or at least it is when re-releasing an old book.

When Musa Publishing closed in March 2015, they took a few of my beloved books with them. Several I put right back up as self-published releases, but I held tight onto Unforgettable You—my first release as Marci Boudreaux.

Why? Because in my heart, I knew I could do so much more with that book.

Not just the romance, but the relationship between the widowed heroine and her mother-in-law.

Carrie and Doreen share a special kind of affection—a woman who is hanging on to the last piece of her deceased husband and his mother, who is suffering from dementia and often confuses Carrie as her own flesh and blood, rather than her relation by marriage.

Doreen's illness creates situations throughout the book that I wanted to examine further. Knowing this, I held onto Unforgettable You, hesitant to release it back into the world.

I'm lucky to have an amazing (and incredibly patient!) editor who worked with me to flesh this out a bit more, give more life to Carrie and Doreen's relationship, and make certain that Carrie and Will have the depth that they deserve.

So, for me, it definitely as a "to edit" situation. When Unforgettable You re-released on March 4, there was subtle changes to the book—nothing that will alter the overall storyline—but definitely changes that enhance it.

Here's a short introduction to the book of my heart.

When life throws a widowed innkeeper and a world-famous movie star together they share an unexpected romance. But is their love strong enough to survive their real lives?

Desperate to keep her ailing mother-in-law, Doreen, in the woman’s home, Carrie Gable agrees to board a handful of Hollywood’s most elite actors at the manor. Despite her resentment of the demands being placed upon her, she can’t help but be taken in by actor Will Walker.

Will, in a last-ditch effort to save his career, has agreed to a project he has no interest in. The more time he spends with his egotistical co-stars, the more drawn he is to Carrie. Long nights spent talking about the paths their lives have taken make him realize he’d rather have a simpler life, but his ties to L.A. aren’t as willing to let him go.

With the temptation of stardom pulling Will in one direction and the need to care for Doreen tugging Carrie in another, the couple struggle to hold onto the happiness they were missing until finding each other.


As a teen, Marci Boudreaux skipped over young adult books and jumped right into the world of romance novels. She's never left. Marci lives with her husband, two kiddos, and their numerous pets. Until recently, she was a freelance writer appearing monthly in a variety of local magazines. She now focuses on writing and her work as a content editor.

Romance is her preferred reading and writing genre because nothing feels better than falling in love with someone new and her husband doesn't like when she does that in real life.

Learn more about Marci Boudreaux on her website and blog. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Congrats on your 'new' release, Marci! A job well done, my friend! Best wishes for a bestseller!

  2. WtG, Marci. I've had some of the same thoughts. To edit old releases is a question for many of us. Did you enjoy your characters as much during the revision as before? Good luck on your release.
    Emma Lane

    1. I really did, Emma. I may have enjoyed them a bit more this go round since I wasn't so emotionally tied to them. It was nice to revisit some old friends.

  3. Yes, can understand those edits, Marci. I've just done so with one and I'm moving on to a second.