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Titles, Titles, Titles

Titles.  I hate 'em.  Really.  I mean, yeah, finding a great title for a book -- THE perfect title -- that's really fun.  A great feeling.  But other than that coming up with titles just sucks.  And that's part of what I'm doing today.  I'm sitting in front of my computer working on a proposal for my next two novels.  I know what they're about, mostly.  But I have no idea what to call them.  And so I go to Amazon, and as ideas occur to me, I search their books section to see if anyone has used the title before.  Not that this would absolutely rule out any given option.  No one can copyright a title, which is why you sometimes see two or three or five books with the same title.  But all things being equal, I would rather come up with something original.  I have a title for one of the two books.  At least it's a working title.  I know that I'm not ready to commit to using it by the fact that I'm not willing to say what it is.  Not yet.  I don't like it enough.  Maybe it'll grow on me.  Maybe not.  But it's good enough for now, and I still have another book to name.  --Sigh--  I wonder if a beer would help....

Hope you all have a good weekend.

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hedwig_snowy
Feb. 18th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
"I wonder if a beer would help...."

Yes.

See, I solved one of your dilemmas...

;)
davidbcoe
Feb. 18th, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
And you were right....
mythusmage
Feb. 18th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
"Wuthering Heights"

Your publisher is going to change it anyway, so why not?
davidbcoe
Feb. 18th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
Actually, in 15 years, with 12 novels published and two more in the pipeline, I have never had a publisher change a title of one of me books. But I do think that you're right in implying that I'm obsessing over this a bit too much....
mizkit
Feb. 18th, 2012 09:05 am (UTC)
I love titles. The whole book comes from the title, for me. I hardly ever start a book--hell, I hardly ever start a series--without knowing several titles in advance. The book I wrote for my nephew in November was the first book I've ever written that I had no title for until I was done with it, and then in retrospect it was not only obvious but made the titles for the other 3 equally obvious. :)

Good luck with your titles. :)
davidbcoe
Feb. 19th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
Kit, I usually have some idea of titles. That's sort of why these two books are so unusual; I don't usually struggle this much. Thanks for the comment.
mizkit
Feb. 19th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
(this, btw, is ce murphy :))
davidbcoe
Feb. 19th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh! Didn't realize that. [Waves] Hi, Catie!
mizkit
Feb. 19th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I could tell from your response that you didn't know it was me. :) *waves*! I've been mizkit online for nearly 20 years now, so yeah. Hi! :)
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