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  • Writer's pictureJen Trinh

Mistakes I Made With My Debut

A week ago, my former tech company boss texted me out of the blue and told me that she'd read Crushing on You. Several thoughts went through my head:

  1. My engineering manager read my book.

  2. My engineering manager READ my sex-filled book.

  3. Oh gosh, she read the first edition of my sex-filled book (she'd borrowed it from a former co-worker who bought the book the day it was released).

If you've been with me from the beginning, you may or may not recall any issues with the first edition of Crushing on You, but I remember it all: the awkward dialogue. The telling instead of showing. The stilted prose that pulled you out of the moment. I had a great story to tell, but I was new to the craft—and it showed. I've actually gone through and edited my first book three times since initial publication, and am only now ready to call it Done...just in time for my audiobook narrators to start recording (more on that soon!).

Luckily, my former boss went on to read my second book, and she agreed that the writing and story were much improved. That's the difference that a few months of additional thought and editing can make!

If you'd like to learn more about the mistakes I made with my debut, I made a fun little YouTube video about it. Let me know if you have any questions!


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