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Good morning. First let me again thank everyone who gave me some great advise on my earlier posts. I have changed my cover, blurb and price. However, now I know why getting input before publishing is so important.
Has anyone ever changed the Title of a book after it has been on amazon and create space? Would you change it or put another book up with a different name and cover? Is that allowed or would that make sense?
MY DILEMMA : I named my book " so..Whatcha Gonna Name Your Doggie?" It is a picture book with 26 illustrations. the story is about a bored child who gets a surprise gift, a puppy, and is given the responsibility to name the dog by the parents. Unfortunately, the title leads some people to believe it's a book about naming a dog and I now understand why. I have some ideas for some new titles but I wanted to get some feedback from all of you that are easily smarter than I am in regards to this.
Thanks again in advance.
Rich

Also, I'm going on a cruise next week. I am bringing some copies of the books, some promotional cards and I will be giving a couple of short lectures. One geared to kids and one to adults. We're going on the Oasis of the Seas which means there will be close to 6000 potential readers. It will either be a success or they may throw me overboard!
 

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I have one bone to pick with you on the title...

I would not buy your book because of the slang. My daughter was an early reader and we were working on correct spelling.  Technically, "Watcha" and "gonna" are not words, but bad habits. I avoided books and even chose not to enroll her in a school where I knew a kindergarten teacher (personally) who used "ain't" and "gonna" in conversation, all the time.

It's the last thing we want our new or learning readers to encounter.
 

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R E Hill said:
Good morning. First let me again thank everyone who gave me some great advise on my earlier posts. I have changed my cover, blurb and price. However, now I know why getting input before publishing is so important.
Has anyone ever changed the Title of a book after it has been on amazon and create space? Would you change it or put another book up with a different name and cover? Is that allowed or would that make sense?
MY DILEMMA : I named my book " so..Whatcha Gonna Name Your Doggie?" It is a picture book with 26 illustrations. the story is about a bored child who gets a surprise gift, a puppy, and is given the responsibility to name the dog by the parents. Unfortunately, the title leads some people to believe it's a book about naming a dog and I now understand why. I have some ideas for some new titles but I wanted to get some feedback from all of you that are easily smarter than I am in regards to this.
Thanks again in advance.
Rich

Also, I'm going on a cruise next week. I am bringing some copies of the books, some promotional cards and I will be giving a couple of short lectures. One geared to kids and one to adults. We're going on the Oasis of the Seas which means there will be close to 6000 potential readers. It will either be a success or they may throw me overboard!
I'll comment on the "is it allowed?"

Yes, it is allowed. You are even allowed to have a new book (just unpublish the old one), so you start fresh. (But if you had any reviews for the old title, you will most likely lose them.) You can also change the title in the title field, and of course, the cover, and the text file.
 

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I'm not sure why you sent me a pm versus answering in the thread.

Yes, slang is fine in teen books (I use it in the dialog in my teen books) and in conversation, and in adult books. But I can assure you, many readers who feel strongly about their children learning proper English, a children's title with slang in the title which is aimed at beginning readers and spellers, is a huge turn off.
 

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Sorry about the PM.
I will take your input to heart not only for this book but for any additional children's books I plan on doing. Good points.
Rich
 

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You can change the title, author or just about anything else in KDP and it's still the same book.  No history of any sort (including sales figures or reviews) will be lost.  Same for CreateSpace.

I did this with one of my books, and I had the same worries at the time...

edit:  I might not be understanding what the question is.  I can't see any reason to unpublish and republish, though.

Good luck!
 

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Echoing what the others said, you can change the title without any repercussions, though it may be helpful to add a note along the lines of "Previously published under the title Whatever" to your book description to avoid any confusion.
 
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I'm not sure why you sent me a pm versus answering in the thread.

Yes, slang is fine in teen books (I use it in the dialog in my teen books) and in conversation, and in adult books. But I can assure you, many readers who feel strongly about their children learning proper English, a children's title with slang in the title which is aimed at beginning readers and spellers, is a huge turn off.
While I don't have kids, I do buy a lot of children's books because I have an assortment of nieces and nephews. I would not buy a book for precisely the reason Lisa mentioned. I have zero tolerance for bad English in children's books because children are still learning the rules of language.
 
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