Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Musings: Re-naming a novel post-publication

Have any of you ever thought about changing the title of your book after it's been published? I think lots of books gets cover makeovers, but it wasn't until recently that I came across two books that got completely new titles. The books are YA fantasy novels entitled Eon and Eona. They have been re-named as Two Pearls of Wisdom and The Necklace of the Gods.


First Novel - First Title

First Novel - Second Title
 
(Don't these covers just ROCK??)

As a reader and fan of Eon and Eona, I was very confused by this. At first I thought, Hey! Alison Goodman has new books out! Then I read the book descriptions, which were very similar to the descriptions to Eon and Eona, and then I just felt confused. After a little research, I discovered they were in fact the very same stories with new titles.

I also noticed that the book reviews associated with Eon and Eona did not transfer to the new titles.  Eon has over 100 reviews with a 4-star rating. Eona has over 50 reviews with a 4.25 rating. Essentially, the same story has to start from scratch and garner an entire new crop of reviews. (And the new ones aren't all that favorable.) I found this a little sad, considering the number of high reviews the books received under their former titles.

I've played with the idea of changing a particular book title of mine, but I've never actually done it. I think after the little bit I experienced with these books, I'm not sure I ever will, especially since online reviews won't transfer to the new title.

With that being said, what do you guys think there is to gain by changing the title of a book post-publication? These books were published by a main-stream publisher. My guess is they're hoping to improve sales with the new title. But what will a new title do that a new cover won't? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

6 comments:

  1. I personally don't think it's a good idea for a book to completely change it's name post publication. Especially not so far into it's publication. IT is confusing, but also, I don't think the new titles and covers are better than the originals. It always makes me wonder what the rationale behind doing something like this is? The least they could do is keep Eon in the title somewhere...

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  2. I like the new title better: The Two Peals of Wisdom sounds more intriguing. I like the old cover better. Eon is the MC's name. Calling a book the MC's name is probably not the most creative title:) That being said, although I like the new title better, I can't remember The Two Pearls of Wisdom in the story. I read the book last year, and I guess I just forgot. Why in the heck didn't they just call it The Mirror Dragon and keep the first cover? I thought the Mirror Dragon was the most fascinating part of the story.

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  3. Yeah, I don't think it's a good idea to re-name a book either. it just confuses people. I really want to read Eona, btw.

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  4. Yeah, I agree with Lan and JEnny. I personally like the original title and covers better. As other commentators stated before me, it is confusing, and I think it's just another excuse to get the book more noticed and more publicity. Publishers really should just leave it alone, after it's already been published. Interesting topic. :)

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  5. I find it understandable, but confusing. I would hate to lose all the great reviews.

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  6. I like the original better. The only time I think of it being acceptable to change a title is when the book is suffering from similar title syndrome.

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