Over the last 3 years a number of people have suggested to me that I should change the name of my book. They say that the name is misleading because it doesn’t say “on the label what is in the tin” and people may not buy it because they don’t realise it is helpful.
I’ve always listened to criticism and recommendations and this subject cropped up again recently. My view has always been that the graphic on the cover is very effective and that the misleading title of “Fifty Shades of Grey” didn’t stop that book selling millions of copies.
So, my question is this? Should I change the name of the book to be “Depression – a new name” where we keep the “Depression” part because search engines look for books on depression mostly with that word in the title. But what should that new part be?
Any help you can give me would be much appreciated.
When I checked today, the First Edition of my book has gone from the list of available books on “depression” at Barnes and Noble (at http://www.bn.com in the USA and the worlds largest book distributor) so I can now moved forward with the Second Edition.
Thank you to all of you who have bought and read the First Edition in over 18 countries around the world. As a result of the comments and feedback I received over the last 1,000 + days, the Second Edition is so much better.
If you suffer with depression or know someone who does; perhaps a member of your family or a friend, then please ask them to look at the Second Edition. So many people have said it has helped them – I hope it will also be of help to you or the people you know.
I owe a huge amount to the First Edition of my book not least because writing and researching it helped me understand and overcome the worst of my depression. And through it’s publication I have come to know that almost everyone else who has read it feels the same as me and has said it helped them. More important than that is the fact that family and friends of sufferers have said how much it has helped them.
During the last 3 years the book has also gained me a large number of new friends. So, I will always be grateful to it for the experience.
But now that the Second Edition has caught up with it in the rankings (Barnes and Noble in the USA – the worlds’ largest book distributor – the First Edition is in 2nd place and the Second Edition is now in 6th place), and after 1006 days as a published book in both Paperback and eBook versions, it was time to say goodbye.
Clicking the “Retire” button at the publisher Lulu’s website was not easy (I’ve been putting off for nearly a week – I was going to retire it on the 1,000th day) because it was like saying a final farewell to a dear friend. But, since the Second Edition is widely regarded as a much better and more helpful book, it was time to move on. In a strange way I feel relieved because, until I had written and updated the Second Edition, I never felt I had finished the work I started back in 2009.
But, now I do. And I will begin to raise awareness of the Second Edition of the book as best I can in the hope that many other people feel the benefit that so many have been kind enough to say about the way the First Edition of my book has helped them.
Barnes and Noble (the world’s largest book distributor and based in the USA – http://www.bn.com) after the search title of “depression” show the First Edition of my book in 3rd place and the Second Edition in 7th place. I have previously said that when the Second Edition catches up then I will withdraw the First Edition. This is to help ensure it doesn’t lose out in the rankings.
Although the First Edition was really helpful to me personally in my quest to understand Depression and be able to talk about it, there is no question that the Second Edition is a much better book. Because over the last 2 years I have learned so much, it gives more information, is easier to read and people who have read both Editions say how much more helpful they have found it.
So, probably within the next few days I will be retiring the First Edition. I’m not sure how long it will take to “disappear” – I’ll let you know.
I am pleased to let you know that I have now released the eBook version of “Depression: The already drowning Man – Second Edition”
If you want to buy it then please select the “Buy the book” page on the header and you will then find the links which will take you straight to the option to buy page.
Just to let you that I have just finished the revisions of the Second Edition and today I released it at the publishers – http://www.lulu.com.
Currently, I have only released the Hard Copy version as the ePub version still needs more work. I am hoping to have it finished by early to mid March 2013.
I’ll put up a new post nearer the time.
Let me begin by welcoming new readers of this blog as a result of some new connections I have made. I hope you find your visit interesting and get something out of the book if you choose to buy it.
During January I spent some time with an author. She hadn’t read my book before but has now read the Second Edition. Although she liked the book, she has given me some advice on changes which she believes would make the book better and easier to read. I am currently revising it and will add a new post when I have finished.
This opportunity came at just the right time as I was part way through creating the ePub version which is proving less easy to change. So, let me thank her for her contribution and several others for their comments too.