Insecure Writer's Support Group : Changing the Title & Cover of a published novel.

Posted on March 5, 2014

One of my New Year's resolution is to climb out of my shell and market the sh** out of my novels. So, a few weeks into January, I took a step back and began with the basics : I stared at the covers of my two novels and asked myself, "Should I do something about the covers?"

The answer I got (from who knows where?) was a resounding "YES!"

So after a few weeks of research and development, I changed the cover to my urban romance, A Selfish Moment from:



to:




Pretty yummy huh?  I love the vignette-finish on the photo. You can almost feel the hesitation and tension and there's barely any skin. It was really hard to find a photo of people almost kissing without some naked flesh showing.  I'm thrilled with the results, and although it hasn't yet propagated to all the sales channels, I saw an impact almost instantly once the images changed on Amazon. (You might still see the old image cached on amazon. They said it takes a few weeks to refresh on every server.)

Okay....now that THAT's done, I took a look at my sci-fi thriller novel, Dramani, and asked myself the same question. I almost cringed. Not only does the cover need to change, I HAVE to change the title. (GASP!) From the very beginning, the title has bugged me. It didn't say much about the story, or the kind of book it is, and the cover didn't help it much. And, to be honest, it's not a science fiction book so much as a sci-fi action/thriller. I really cannot list it with Ender's Game, Wool, or Orphans of the Sky. It's more comparable to Deception Point or Digital Fortress - thrillers based around a science fiction idea.  

The change isn't out yet, but will be in the next few weeks - I've come across a few unforeseen issues. The problem is the ISBNs are tied to the title, so I will have to publish new versions and somehow put "Formely Titled Dramani" in the details. I don't like that idea, but I don't want to make it seem like I have three books published when in fact I only have two. Does it matter? Not sure, but I hate giving a false impression. 

So, what did I learn from this experience? The moral of the story is:

Be certain of the title of your novel - it's a big hassle if you want to change it!


Hope you enjoyed this month's IWSG entry. Make sure to link to other guest posts from other awesome authors at the Insecure Writer's Support Group website. 


6 comments:

  1. That new cover is awesome!! Good luck with the promotion. I never thought about changing titles but I can see where that would be a huge hassle, yikes! I hope everything goes well once you have it done.

    Great to meet you through the IWSG!

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    1. I've seen other authors change tiles, so I'm hoping for a smooth ride. In the future I will wait until the title feels good. There's no need to rush things.

      Thanks for stopping by Julie!

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  2. The cover can make all the difference, the new one is waaay more eye catching indeed

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    1. Thanks Pat. It took a while to get the right photo.

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  3. Oooh! Love the new cover! Definitely a bit more sexy and drawing. Definitely. Love it. Can I help at all with marketing?

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    1. Thanks Katie. Maybe a Cover Makeover post - does that sound girly or what? :-)

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