Monday, March 26, 2012
Does a rose smell just as sweet if it’s called a turnip?
Today is about the good, the bad, and the ugly of ...titles. Yeah, yeah, my blog title refers to names, not titles, but really what is a title but a name? It’s the name that exemplifies the wonderful world you’ve created, the amazing characters, the thrilling adventures. No pressure there, eh?
I don’t know about you folks, but I don’t like having to come up with titles. I had an ex-boyfriend who loved titles...he’d come up with tons of them, then created cool plans for his world ideas to fit his titles. He never really WROTE anything but he did make titles and plan ;).
I write, I write a lot. I HATE titles. And I’m not sure that I’m very good at it. My novel WIP, Sakari’s War- I like ;). It’s simple and it speaks to two “wars” for my main character Sakari- one internal and one external. However, at a meeting with a “big NY Publisher”, two of my other titles were less than loved. One he liked, A Curious Invasion, but the other two- not so much ;). He still requested the full mss of one of the ones he didn’t like the title of. I changed it when I sent it to him.
My novella WIP has no name. I’ve just been calling it “Geek Novella” since it was born, and now I can NOT for the life of me come up with anything else. I think I’m in a fix, since I can’t really submit it that way (any of you really good with titles?- HELP!!!).
I know titles are important, often I pick up a book to see if it’s something I’d like based first on the title. That being said, I have picked up and loved some books with titles that weren’t fabulous ;). I've also walked away from great titled books that had nothing beyond a great title.
So titles help give a feeling for your book, help agents, editors, and hopefully readers decide on whether they want to pick it up or not. But a great title can’t save a sucky book ;).
What are your thoughts? Are you a title wiz, or, like me, a title dweeb? For you published folks- how many times have you had a title be changed by the publisher? Good change or not so much?