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Retitled Books

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When a major publisher publishes a new edition of a book that was previously self published or published with a minor publisher, the new publisher often retitles the book. There are two main reasons for that: firstly because book titles are a marketing tool and in the new digital age every word in the title is an important keyword and search term; secondly, to prevent confusion on the part of readers over which edition they are buying. The key word, pardon the pun, in this concept is "edition" meaning something that is edited. A new edition and a new title imply that the book has been changed, hopefully for the better, and the new edition is not just a reprint. It's important for my readers to know that Asatru For Beginners is the old book and Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path is the new book.

Here is a list of pagan and heathen books that have been retitled. This list was crowdsourced via my social media and my forum, the Asatru Facebook Forum. Many thanks to all who contributed to the list or pointed me in the right direction so I could research the complete titles and names.

List of retitled books, by author:

Freya Aswynn's Leaves of Yggdrasil became Northern Mysteries and Magic.

DJ Conway's Ancient & Shining Ones became Magick of the Gods and Goddesses: How to Invoke Their Powers.

Kenneth Johnson's North Star Road became Witchcraft & the Shamanic Journey.

Alice Karlsdottir's Magic of the Norse Goddesses: Mythology, Ritual, and Tranceworking became Norse Goddess Magic: Trancework, Mythology, and Ritual.

Galina Krasskova's Runes: In Theory and Practice became Living Runes: Theory and Practice of Norse Divination.

Erin Lale's Asatru For Beginners became Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path.

Tadhg MacCrossan's The Sacred Cauldron: Secrets of the Druids became Secrets of the Druids: From Indo-European Origins to Modern Practices by Teresa Cross (the author used her real name rather than her pen name for the new edition.)

Edain McCoy's Lady of the Night became The Witches' Moon.

Silver Ravenwolf's Hexcraft became American Folk Magick: Charms, Spells, & Herbals.

Valerie Worth's The Crone's Book of Wisdom became The Crone's Book of Charms and Spells.

Image: The three versions of Erin Lale's book, including a disk to represent the original ebook of Asatru For Beginners from 2001, a print copy of Asatru For Beginners from 2010, and a print copy of the longer edition Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path from 2020.

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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