On Writing & Storytelling: The New, Improved ‘Reunion’ is Complete*

The cover art for the Kindle e-book edition. (C) 2018, 2023 Alex Diaz-Granados and Kindle Direct Publishing

* Now go to Amazon and order a copy! Stat!

“Sooner or later every writer evolves his own definition of a story. Mine is: A reflection of life plus beginning and end (life seems not to have either) and a meaning.” Mary O’Hara

Man, I’m tired.

I’ve been awake now – it’s 9:40 AM on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, as I start this post – for a little over 90 minutes, and I’m already exhausted even though I’ve already had my café con leche (Cuban-style latte). I’m groggy and sore all over – the result of staying up until 1 in the morning to finish the time-consuming tasks that come with revising and republishing a book.

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If you’re a regular visitor to this space, you know that lately, I’ve been fixing some issues in my self-published book Reunion: A Story. Cosmetic issues, mostly, such as correcting typos and deleting extraneous words, but in at least one instance, I had to fix a plot hole (a minor one, really, but one that people familiar with the architecture and geography of New York City would notice) born out of my not living in Manhattan in real life.

“A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”Thomas Mann

The edits are beginning to appear, at least in the read-from-your-browser Kindle app on Amazon. (You must own a copy to read it from Chrome or Edge. The Kindle reader edition should eventually upload all the changes by Thursday, March 16.) This section with my made-up lyrics looked dire in the original editions; I screwed up the formatting when I was prepping the manuscript for upload in 2018 and didn’t catch it then. This was one of the goofs that bug me the most, and if it hadn’t been for an email from my former journalism prof calling attention to other bits that needed fixing, they would not have been fixed this week.

I also corrected some formatting errors that bothered me incessantly once I saw them on a recent re-reading of Reunion, and added, on the suggestion of my former journalism professor at Miami-Dade Community College, a copyright notice and the “this is a work of fiction” disclaimer. I should have done that when I self-published Reunion five years ago, but I have “knowledge gaps” about the business and legal aspects of creative writing, so I didn’t do that back in 2018.


As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I haven’t revisited Reunion often since I published it a half-decade ago. After all, it’s something that I’ve been working on, in one way or another, since 1987, and since I don’t work with an editor or even have a “beta reader” – essentially, someone knowledgeable and patient enough to read a manuscript with a critical eye and will point out inconsistent details, typos, questionable stylistic choices, and other issues that will take a reader out of the story – mistakes will creep in.

“Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don’t forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth.”Paula Danziger

The view from the Kindle app in “sepia” color mode. (This scene is not based on anything that happened to me. It is based on what I felt at the time, though, so it’s truthful in that regard.)

Thankfully, I can use Microsoft Word and Kindle Create to go into Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) site, access my Bookshelf, temporarily unpublish a book while I make the necessary fixes, then re-publish it. It just takes time – tons of it, in my case – and effort. But I can do it, and that’s what matters.

What to Expect from the Second Revised Edition of Reunion

I even updated the dedication!

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”Richard Bach

Although I can’t in good faith promise that the second edition of Reunion: A Story (which is, indeed, a novella, per my former journalism professor) is 100% error-free, I have fixed all of the issues I know about. Typos, mostly, but some small storytelling issues, misplaced tenses, and possible plot holes in the narrative have been either eliminated or corrected.

“A good story is a dream shared by the author and the reader. Anything that wakes the reader from the dream is a mortal sin.” Victor J. Banis

This is the view from the Kindle Create app. See how neatly organized the chapters are?

Reunion now has clearly defined chapters and a table of contents in both digital and print editions. The number of pages is different in each medium, but at least readers will have a more professional-looking book, even though it’s a short volume and not a tome the size of Stephen King’s 11/22/63.

The cover art for the Kindle e-book edition. (C) 2018, 2023 Alex Diaz-Granados and Kindle Direct Publishing

Each version of the novella will also sport its own new cover. The Kindle e-book features abstract cover art that readers can interpret however they please; the paperback edition is more representative of its “core story” and, by chance, happens to have a palette of colors that are like my high school’s official colors.

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” E. L. Doctorow

If you squint hard, you can (barely) make out what the new cover art looks like. I think it’s nicer than the original 2018 cover.
The original paperback edition of “Reunion: A Story” Image Credit: Thomas Wikman

I saved the paperback revisions for last – which is why I was up so late last night – so consumers will only see the new cover art when they order that edition from Amazon; the updates to republished works take up to 72 hours (depending on what is being updated) to complete, so right now prospective readers will see the 2018 cover on Amazon until late Wednesday or Thursday.

(When you get the order confirmation on Amazon, you’ll see a small thumbnail image of the new cover. I ordered a copy of the new edition – authors do not get free copies of their own work! – this morning, so that’s how I know.)

I hope that the new edition gives readers a more enjoyable experience. That’s always been one of my primary concerns as a writer – making sure that the writing is crisp and clear, the pacing is balanced, the characters are well-developed, relatable, and believable, and that you, Dear Reader, are entertained and hopefully moved emotionally. That’s why I took nearly four days to make corrections and improve a story that’s close to my heart.  


Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

2 thoughts on “On Writing & Storytelling: The New, Improved ‘Reunion’ is Complete*

    1. I’d be happy to accept your services as a beta reader next time I write a story for publication.

      I’d also be thrilled if you got a copy of my novella (for that’s what Reunion is…a novella)!


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