IWSG: Republishing a Golden Oldie

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IWSG: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. We post our thoughts, talk about our doubts and the fears we have conquered.

The awesome co-hosts for the December 5 posting of the IWSG are

J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker , Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey!

My next writing adventure – republish a golden oldie.

4ae700_aa6bc5ea6c3b42528c88284a66555c9dThis month, I’m hoping members of this group can offer some sage advice on how best to republish a previous novel. My first novel was traditionally published – good reviews but sales were not impressive. I now have the rights to The Guardian’s Wildchild and plan to self-publish it.

The book cover will be spiced up, synopsis edited, some massaging of the story line. Now I’m racking my brain for a zinger of a title. All day long and half the night I’ve been searching for a title that will better indicate the story’s genre. And, no, my muse is not helping at all! That little beast has become totally focused on Forbidden’s sequel.

I need to indicate on the book cover somewhere that, if you’ve read The Guardian’s Wildchild, “AXVHTEDRY” is basically the same story. Truly don’t want to tick off a reader, wasting their time and money.

Are there other roadblocks ahead? Please help 🙂



8 thoughts on “IWSG: Republishing a Golden Oldie

  1. I really can’t give you any tips or advice because I have never walked down this path before, but I wish you well.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G


  2. On Amazon, I see authors include notes about that stuff where they list the blurb at the bottom of them to let their readers know it is republished book-revamped, noting the old titles. Happy IWSG Day.


  3. If you’re on Facebook, I highly recommend joining the group “Indie Cover Project” for feedback. They also give great feedback on back-cover copy, and I bet they’d help with your title too.

    I hate naming my books, so I often have my readers do it in exchange for prizes. I announce the contest on my blog and Facebook author page.

    The biggest challenge of indie publishing? Marketing well. Start early, and give yourself plenty of time for a strong launch. Learn the brave new world of AMS (Amazon) and Facebook ads. Good luck!

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  4. Hi Judy. I am going to do lots of book launches next year. I’m going to unpublish my vampire novella which has been turned into a whole series. But you’d be wise to join Indie Cover Project or 20booksto50k on FB. All have mountains of great advice!


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