Title-Change for My Novel

Whose Title Is This Anyway?

Have you ever changed the title of your book after it was published?  Well, I did that about a year ago.  The original title had come so naturally, The Archangel of Hamilton Beach, (you have to read the story to know why :- ). 

I think somebody told me it “didn’t do anything for” them and I listened and came up with Two Shores which is okay and fits pretty well Danny’s being torn throughout most of the story between the east and west coasts, but Two Shores doesn’t really contain the true crux of the story for Danny on as personal a level as the other.  The archangel thing comes long before the two shores dilemma and runs throughout the story like a thread through a scarf. 

Times Change

One of the good things about self-publishing is that you can go back and make changes (though sometimes they charge you a hefty fee), but sometimes I get carried away so I’m glad I’m not paying for this change.

I’m not planning to stay with Amazon.com exclusively anymore, if at all, and definitely not for the paperback version. Battling The Evil Previewer KDP (I miss CreateSpace!) which defeats you long before you ever see a physical proof is not my idea of a good time.  But for now, to keep it simple, The Archangel of Hamilton Beach will stay there as eBook, though I am taking down the paperback and artificial not-so-much-intelligence Previewer can … well, you get the idea.

Which Way Did They Go?

Last year when I changed the title to Two Shores on Amazon my reviews stayed with the first title, so that the same story by its new title had to start over with the reviews (all 5 stars, by the way—just saying…. (Hey, my mother and the rest of the family loved it!).  (I copied the reviews from the first title’s page and pasted them into the Description for the book by its new title).  Of course, now that the eBook is back on Amazon by its original title (The Archangel of Hamilton Beach) it got its reviews back, which I’m happy about.

Now, I’ll be going through that again in the reverse title-wise but only with the eBook on Amazon, because I plan to print my paperback elsewhere (going to try Sweek) and sell it through this blog and my other one, www.LetsWrite.com. [Update: Sweek was a no-go. See The KDP Previewer Hates My Paperback, Part 2].

There will be benefits for doing that (God willing) like the fact that I’ll be able to offer the book at a lower price and also won’t have to wrestle with the aforementioned Previewer to get my book printed (see The KDP Previewer Hates My Paperback (Part 1) on www.LetsWrite.com).

Taken It To The Limit One More Time

So, as we speak, I am in the process of changing the title back, do a whole new cover (I’m no expert, but I have fun with it).  I’ve changed the name of this site from Two Shores back to The Archangel of Hamilton Beach which it was originally, though both addresses will get you here, TwoShores.net or TheArchangelofHamiltonBeach.com.

Actually the title Two Shores could work for the sequel whenever I get back to working on that, though I probably won’t use it.  I had started a sequel but always seem to find other things to do (or write) that get in the way.

Leave Them Alone And They’ll Come Home…

Also, the plot for The Archangel of Hamilton Beach pretty much wrote itself, like its original title did.  Not so the sequel, though most readers of Two Shores (The Archangel of Hamilton Beach) have asked me for a sequel, which is nice, and I shouldn’t keep them waiting much longer.  But I’m having to think a lot harder and be a lot more creative for this one.  The first story the characters wrote on their own.  I’ll have to talk to them to get moving on the sequel.  Maybe once I give them back their title, they’ll come back with an update?

Any Ideas?

Well, thanks for putting up with me, and sorry for any confusion on the titles.  At some point, I’ll be happy to stop using both titles.  Any comments on changing titles or other parts of your published books (or tips on writing sequels) would be appreciated! 

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Author: Valerie Serrano

Valerie Serrano has a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and a bachelor of arts in psychology. Valerie taught English and writing in New York for seven years (1996-2003), and has been teaching creative writing classes online through www.LetsWrite.com and in Santa Rosa, California, where she now resides, since 2012. Her small business is called Let's Write! from which she also offers editing, self-publishing help, and more (such as motivation to good but scared writers). Val loves every minute of it, especially when students have the gumption to take their writing from first (very) rough draft to (self) published. Valerie has self-published her own novel called The Archangel of Hamilton Beach and a children’s picture book, Horses Talk Funny, both available on Amazon and via her blog. Val loves to say: So, Let's Write!

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