When Dogs Cry vs Getting the Girl

Question: These books seem to both be the third book in the Cameron Wolfe / Underdogs / Wolfe Brothers Series (#WolfeBooks)… Why do they have different titles? Are they the same book?

AnswerWhen Dogs Cry and Getting the Girl are the same book – but they’re not. The third book of the Wolfe trilogy, I called it When Dogs Cry here in Australia, but once it was accepted by an American publisher, changes were requested.

At the time, I was still desperate to be published internationally and agreed to explore one major change in the book. It was a change that would take it on a different course to arrive at almost an identical ending. I also agreed to look at a possible change of title. 

Basically, in When Dogs Cry, Cameron and Ruben Wolfe remain best of friends throughout. In Getting the Girl, they have a falling out. This does take the book in a different direction, but the final chapter, where Cameron carries Rube home, is essentially the same.

As for the title, I do have regrets about the whole episode, but I don’t spend long on them at all. On the whole, it was a great learning curve. The rewrite helped me see how many options there are available to a writer. I also realised that whilst it was a hugely valuable experience, I would try not to let it happen again.

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    Now I want to get my hands on the Australian version!
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    So I’ve always known that they’re different versions of the same book, never known why until now, but I knew. That still...
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    must say, i’ve read both and i preferred the original version. so this makes me happy and i’m not really sure why. also...
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    This book was incredibly important to me at a time when I was struggling to find my voice. I’m certain the original is...
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