Since self-publishing my latest work, I've been using social media a bit for marketing. I'm not really focused on it too much, because I have school and I'm focused on my current novel.
I've been writing close to 7 years now, off and on. The first book I ever wrote was mostly for me, I admit it, and I am sure I made some mistakes with it. Part of writing it was to prove to myself that I could do it. I was a little naive and I thought it was an awesome story at the time. In hind sight, I probably shouldn't have self-published it, but oh well!
I self-published it in 2006 and I have sense left it alone. I don't really talk about it too much and I don't promote it. I've thought about reading it again, just to see how good/bad it is, but the thought of re-reading it makes me a little nervous. I have gotten a negative review on amazon and my best friend didn't like it, talk about honesty! Still I did have some positive reviews from family friends, but you know how reliable those are!
Recently I went back and re-read a couple of my works for eBook publishing and it wasn't too bad. The most recent one I like very much and the older one was ok. I feel that it is clear that I have made some improvement in my writing and storytelling abilities.
I'm thinking about what, if anything, I may do with it. I've thought about rewriting it and trying to make it a better quality work. But then I think maybe it is best to leave it as is. It may not be very good, but it is a symbol of where I started. I'm curious if anyone has gone back to an early work and realized it wasn't really well written and how did you deal with it?