But I Already Read It!

Gideon the CutpurseI was very upset to read on A Fuse #8 Production that when Simon and Schuster publishes the book Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer this summer in paperback they are not only changing the cover, but also the title!

I can sort of understand them changing the cover (although I really like the cover and have sold it to several people who were undecided on it and finally decided to buy it because they thought it had a cool cover) because the cover doesn’t really have anything to do with the book.  That said, I have no idea what the new cover will look like.  It may very well be worse.

Changing the title, however, is unforgivable in my opinion.  It is confusing and unnecessary.  I understand that you could argue that Gideon isn’t the main character, but he is very important and certainly one of the characters you will be most interested in and intrigued by throughout the book.  More importantly, the title is unique and memorable.  It stands out from the crowd.  People don’t forget it.  The new title is to be The Time Travelers, which is about as generic and boring as you can get.  Not only will no one remember that but I guarantee that half the people I’ve sold the book to would not have bought it under that title.  It’s too boring and says “this is generic sci-fi for sci-fi readers”, which Gideon the Cutpurse is most definitely not.  But people buy books by their covers and titles more than anything else.

Another big quip I have here is that the publisher’s page for the paperback version, The Time Travelers, does not say that it is the same book as Gideon the Cutpurse.  It should.  People buy from websites with a single click and Gideon was amazing enough that I wouldn’t think twice about buying another book with Linda Buckley-Archer’s name on it.  If I didn’t already know that this was the same book, I’d buy it when I came across it on a website.  And Simon and Schuster does nothing to help me know that it’s the book I’ve already read (and Amazon and the like has no reason to do so if the publisher doesn’t).  Granted it won’t be out for while, but those pages rarely change much after they go up, so I have little hope for it.

Another good reason not to change a book’s title is that it won an award under the first one, but clearly that didn’t stop them.  Too bad for anyone looking to buy the books on the Texas Lone Star Reading List in paperback!

Gideon the Cutpurse is a great book.  I thought it was one of the best science fiction/fantasy books I read last year and I very highly recommend it!  I can’t wait for the rest of the series and seriously hope they keep the titles planned out for them (otherwise I’ll buy the British versions, which probably won’t be changed!) rather than giving them dumb titles like the upcoming paperback.  Maybe we’ll be lucky and Simon and Schuster will come to its senses, but I doubt it.

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