Thursday, April 19, 2012

Renaming Novels by Ginger Simpson

I've recently encountered a dilemma I hadn't faced before.  My newest publisher accepts previously released work but prefers that they receive a new name and cover.  I first wondered how upset I'd be if I spent money on something I'd already read, and decided "pissed" would be an appropriate term. Then I learned that the previous title would be the first bit of information prospective readers will see when reading the book description.  That made me feel much better.

Now, I don't feel as though I'm deceiving anyone, and as I've updated my videos, I've made certain to add a slide that also contains the previously published title.  There's a benefit in having this fresh start.  It sort of makes a more even playing field for me as an author. I've long considered that Amazon plays unfair when they refuse to take down the advertisements for outdated POD versions of my books.  Their reasoning: if they remove the book information, they would be denying customers who have purchased that particular copy the right to sell it as used on their site.  Of course, it didn't seem to bother them that my new, revised version competes with the old versions.  Now, this doesn't bother me nearly as much because the title is different as is the cover.  It's clearly a newly-revised edition.  Heck, even the big guys do this.  Let me just add that going through an entire book and chucking out all the amateur writing issues you've since learned to avoid is not an easy task.  It's almost as difficult as writing the book all over again.  As authors, we learn new "rules" every day.

So, one of my best-selling books, Sisters in Time, is now released via the KDP program as Time Tantrums.  Here's the updated video featuring the new cover art.  Books We Love, Ltd., does a great job for their authors, and I'm very pleased to be part of their team.  Check out my authors page after you watch this:

Oh...and since I had a few days since I scheduled this post, I decided to come back and add the new video for Ellie's Legacy, previously published as Sparta Rose and voted the best 2009 Historical at Love Romance Cafe.


Kathryn R. Blake said...

Hi Ginger, not sure if your new publisher will allow an "originally published in 20XX (or 19XX) under the title of:" statement in the copyright section, but that's what I usually check when I'm trying to determine if I've purchased a book before.

You did say "I learned that the previous title would be the first bit of information prospective readers will see when reading the book description. That made me feel much better." So, even if they do it another way, I'm sure that will work, too. I have purchased books under new titles without realizing I'd already purchased them under a different title, and I was not a happy camper. However, I've also purchased the same book, same title, same cover more than once, too. So, I guess I shouldn't complain. Best wishes with your new publisher.

Rita Karnopp said...

Ginger . . . loved the videos.... can't wait to read them both... since I'd meant to and never got around to it before ~ we all know that feeling! This time I promise I will upload them ...and read! Great job...Rita

Lisabet Sarai said...

My first novel has had three different publishers, three different covers - but the same title. As I wrote you privately, I'd be quite concerned about the title change, if they were my books. Readers don't necessarily read the fine print.

Also, I have to say, I liked the old titles better. Especially "Sisters in Time". However - they're not my books and it's up to you.

I would have pushed back.

sell my house said...

The book name is very immportent things.It' description must be appropriate.

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