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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Change is Good

One of the perks of being a self-published author is the ease of changing things if they aren't working. My second book in the Second Chances series is just not selling like the first. The first, Divorce, Interrupted, almost everyone I've talked to said they bought it for that title alone.

Well, obviously, Someone To Trust is not as "catchy" a title. With a group of ladies this past weekend (writers retreat) I was talking about STT and they all agreed it was just meh. :( Getting someone to trust, someone to love is like every other romance novel plotline.

So, we brainstormed and came up with Dare To Trust. Anyone who has taken a Margie Lawson class knows there are power words; dangerous, deadly, daring, dare. Aha!!

Hopefully by this weekend I'll have the new title on the old cover. I love the cover and it just so represents the story, but something was just off. In the meantime, here is the cover with old title for a little bit longer.

When a sheltered, former abused wife falls for the local carpenter/former Marine she's not sure she can dare to trust another man with her heart. When her ex-husband shows up dead at her back door she isn't sure what to trust; her old memories or her new love.

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  1. Jill, I love the ability to change a book even once it's published online. I changed a cover on one of my books, and I corrected typos in another.

  2. Jill, Isn't that a nice perk when you self-publish? You have the ability to react a little quicker to feedback to help improve the story?

    I just want to say I finished reading "Someone to Trust" and I enjoyed the story very much. The characters were really interesting and I thought you did a great job with Evie, your "wounded" heroine. It gets 5 stars from me and a "highly recommended."

    I do think "Dare to Trust" is a more catching title, but I didn't think Someone to Trust was all that bad, either. :)


  3. Caroline, I love the ability to add excerpts to the end and all kinds of changes you can make easily.

    Did fix a typo in Divorce, Interrupted yesterday too. Was so nagging me.

  4. Steph, thanks for reading Someone To Trust. Glad you enjoyed it. Now that I'm changing it to Dare to Trust and the last one to Defend My Love I'm so happy with the whole 'they are all D's thing'.

  5. Jill--that was eye-opening. I think good titles are so difficult to create. I almost always get the title first and then start writing. A title comes to me quickly or not at all. Now I've learned about power words from you. I like Dare to Trust, and yes, it is way better than the first. But if I hadn't read this, I wouldn't have thought that there was anything bad about it. I've always leaned heavily on covers, because I am such a visual person.Colors and shapes and objects are very important.
    Now your cover--it's great! Good luck, and thanks for the new information.

  6. Celia, I have a paranormal romance I've been working on for years. It had some blah title at first and no one even wanted to hear about it until I changed the title to Dangerous Shift. Then it was like 'oh, ah' LOL

    Yes, I love my covers.

    I do get a title first. I can't even write the story without one. I thought Someone To Trust was okay but not thrilling (oh, another power word)

  7. I'm with you girls! I can write the story of my heart!