There are few things an author labors over more than the title of a new book or series. I'm no exception. Since I am primarily an e-published author, my titles are (generally) selected by moi (slid a little French in there for kicks, LOL). I will devote hours and hours of time to web surfing, searching for inspiration for The Perfect Title. I read song lyrics. Book titles. Excerpts. I read my dictionary of common expressions and try to think of ways to tweak a cliche. Spend hours looking up key words on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. If all else fails, I turn to writing friends and plead for help. I have a few buddies who are extremely gifted in this area. Thank Goodness!!
Do my titles always "work" the way I want them to? No, I can see they don't. I tend to like more "mainstream" sounding titles. Titles that are snappy and clever. Twists on words. Titles that can mean more than one thing. In the world of erotic romance, that's not always a good thing.
I thought about these things as I brainstormed titles for my new series, and the launch book for the series. Did I come up with The Perfect Title? I hope I did. I love it. I think it's intriguing. But then again, like I said, my tastes fall toward the mainstream fiction side.
What title did I choose? Not telling yet :) I want to hear some responses to this post first...at least, I hope I'll hear some responses. At this point, with the blog being so new, I'm thinking I'm mostly talking to myself :)
What titles have caught my eye as a reader? "Carpe Demon" (is that freaking clever or what?!); "Undead and Unwed" (Mary Janice Davidson); "Bite Me" (Jaci Burton has some really fun titles); "It's a Vampire Thing" (Dakota Cassidy is another author with clever one-of-a-kind titles); "A Girl's Guide to Vampires" (I just discovered Katie MacAlister and I will be sharing a common title: "Light My Fire").
Any readers out there who want to share what kinds of titles make you take a second look? I'd LOVE to hear!
Go Ahead, Share Your Thoughts! .