I took Pearl and “When Mary Left” off Amazon and other sellers today. I’d been thinking of taking at least Pearl down for a while. I self-published it in 2015 and while I will always be proud of writing it and self-publishing it, I’m not sure I did the story justice.
Like all of us (I hope), I’ve come along in my understanding and thinking about history and race and power dynamics between characters and there were story aspects in Pearl that had come to lightly bother me. But I wasn’t going to fix it or anything. Once a story is off my desk and my mind in some way, I’m not bothering to futz around with it. Life is too effin’ short for that.
Plus, my writing ability has scooted along and (hopefully) gotten better in the last five years.
The beauty of Do-It-Yourself-Publishing is that you can take your stuff off the Internet when you want to.