Changing Titles and Book Covers: “Blissfully Yours” By Ryan Field Release Day
Even though it’s always been commonplace for publishers to do things like this, I’ve never actually done it until now. I have over 150 published works out there, and this is a first for me. But sometimes hybrid authors have to make business and creative decisions that may or may not affect their books, whether they like making those decisions or not.
I’m talking about changing the title of my most recent release, The Gayest Palm Springs Thanksgiving, to Blissfully Yours. I changed the cover, too. The book has only been out for a short time, but it’s been bothering me since its launch. I wasn’t happy with the cover or the title and I thought it could have been better.
So I changed them both. I did not change a single word of content, nor did I change the book description. Everything is exactly the same, except for the title and the cover.
As I said, this kind of thing has always been commonplace in publishing, but it’s usually done with books that have been around for a while. In most cases, the publisher will take an older book, give it a new cover (and/or title) and try to give it a new life. I’ve seen it done with more than a few well known mainstream authors. In this particular case, with Blissfully Yours, I simply couldn’t live with the old title and the old cover, and I needed to make the change.
Earl Bradshaw’s first impression of his gay son’s fiance leaves Earl wondering where he went wrong. The fiance, Gabriel, is pushy, scruffy, overbearing, and he refers to Earl as “dad” without even asking for permission. Earl has a feeling deep in his gut that Gabriel is lying about something. So when the entire family travels to Palm Springs for Thanksgiving, Earl makes a point of finding out what Gabriel is hiding.
Abby Bradshaw, Earl’s wife, instantly falls in love with Gabriel’s charm and sexy good looks, and she starts treating him as if he’s her own son. Abby not only wants to support her gay son’s marriage, but she genuinely adores her future son-in-law in spite of Earl’s suspicions.Baldwin Bradshaw, Earl and Abby’s gay son, is so blissfully in love with Gabriel he can’t see any of his flaws.
The only thing Baldwin wants to do is introduce his family to the man he loves and live happily ever after.But nothing in life is ever perfect, and Baldwin soon finds out that his happily ever after dream might not come true after all. And when a few of these realities finally sink in, nothing about Baldwin’s future is secure. The only thing that can save Baldwin and Gabriel is love through strength, and it’s not going to happen without a few tears along the way.