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I'm thinking of changing the title of my recently published book, Cave. Can I do this on amazon without completely republishing it? And would I lose my reviews? There aren't many yet and I could probably get the reviewers to repost them as they're regulars on the forums.
 

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I think it should be easy to go in and change.  I think on the DTP you can change anything from price to covers to uploading a new version of the book, to the title.  You just lose whatever momentum your current book might have gained as people become aware of the new title.
 

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Just done it myself Ali after the chat over on the UK forum! Mind you, I just added a descriptor rather than change the whole title. Now reads The Cornerstone - An Urban Fantasy.

Just go into your KDP and change it there. That's all you have to do :) No need to republish.
 

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It's not hard at all. It's just like changing the description or price.  You just go in an change it, agree to the TOS, and save.  Sure, you go through the two pages of the publishing process, but you don't have to change anything you don't want to.

I had to change the title of The Wife of Freedom (It was originally The Wh*re of Freedom - with an o where the * is.  This made it impossible to list some places, and more difficult to get reviews because people didn't want that for a headline on their blogs, etc.  Apple changed it to "The W***e of Freedom" which meant it could as easily be "The Whale Of Freedom" as anything.  Plus "Wife" actually fit the story as well as anything, so I changed it.)  There was no problem other than the old title and cover sticks in a few places, like Novelrank won't update to the new one.

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NickSpalding said:
Just done it myself Ali after the chat over on the UK forum! Mind you, I just added a descriptor rather than change the whole title. Now reads The Cornerstone - An Urban Fantasy.

Just go into your KDP and change it there. That's all you have to do :) No need to republish.
Haha! Guess what prompted me? Though I'd been feeling for a while that pretty much everything about the marketing was putting off potential readers who might enjoy the book if they started reading.
 

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Yes, I've done it. Very easy to do, but I took the advice of people here and put in the description: This book previously published as _______. That way anyone who already bought my book wouldn't think it was a new book and buy it and then get mad and I'd get refunds or nasty reviews.
 

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It's not hard at all. It's just like changing the description or price. You just go in an change it, agree to the TOS, and save. Sure, you go through the two pages of the publishing process, but you don't have to change anything you don't want to.

I had to change the title of The Wife of Freedom (It was originally The Wh*re of Freedom - with an o where the * is. This made it impossible to list some places, and more difficult to get reviews because people didn't want that for a headline on their blogs, etc. Apple changed it to "The W***e of Freedom" which meant it could as easily be "The Whale Of Freedom" as anything. Plus "Wife" actually fit the story as well as anything, so I changed it.) There was no problem other than the old title and cover sticks in a few places, like Novelrank won't update to the new one.

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Camille, that is so funny. I mean it's ridiculous that something like that prevents a book from being marketed.

I've not felt ENTIRELY happy with Cave, mainly because I know it as Underworld, its working title for years. But by the time I came to thinking about publishing, that title had already been bagged by the vampires!

Another problem is that if you put Cave into the kindle search, you don't find it.

Plus I think a lot of people think it's going to be a terror thriller, set entirely underground. Which it isn't.
 

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We changed title, added pen names, changed cover, etc.

You just go to edit and change it. If the reviews don't follow, you can contact support and they will link up the books.

Always let people know in the description.
 

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Talia Jager said:
Yes, I've done it. Very easy to do, but I took the advice of people here and put in the description: This book previously published as _______. That way anyone who already bought my book wouldn't think it was a new book and buy it and then get mad and I'd get refunds or nasty reviews.
Yes, I'd do that - and also announce it on the forums (the ones where I'm allowed to).
 

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Thanks, everyone.

Now I know this is straightforward to do I'm going to have a discussion with people who've read the book and get their feedback on whether an alternative title and cover design would be preferable.
 

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I changed the title since it had a misspelled word, but wasn't hard to do.  It took about 24 hours to change on Amazon though.

I think your title and book cover look interesting.  Do you really want to change it?
 

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Franklin Eddy said:
I changed the title since it had a misspelled word, but wasn't hard to do. It took about 24 hours to change on Amazon though.

I think your title and book cover look interesting. Do you really want to change it?
Well I have to admit - I like the cover because that's me on it! Problem is I think it's putting off a lot of potential readers who either think it's non-fiction or something really scary.
 

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I've changed covers on Forever Mine 4 times! And I've added and removed The Moreno Brothers twice then went back and added the 1 and 2 for each book. It's all easy. Never once did I lose reviews. Good luck! =) 
 

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Has anybody changed the "publisher" line?

I took a free ISBN number from Create Space, so I thought that meant I had to list them as "publisher" but they edited my copyright page to excise that info.  So now I think I want to take up a Publisher name, at least for markings in the book.... but if I do that, I have to decide whether to fill the publisher name in the book info pages, and if I do THAT, I have to change the ebook to match the Create Space book so they'll associate themselves properly when the paper book is published.

I'm trying to decide if it's worth the trouble, or if I should just start with the next book and make retroactive changes on everything else later on.

Camille
 
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