Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wednesday Walkabout... Part Three

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.

(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 3:

I am sort of in-between tasks on my soon-too-be-published-for-real book. By "for real," I mean "published by a company that is an actual publishing company with an actual presence in the industry." Nice. I turned in all the things I was asked for (reference Walkabout, Week 1) and am now off the hook until I receive my list of edits.

This, of course, does not mean I am not busy. Being the insane, stressed out author that I am, I have other projects going on in the background. But, as Walkabouts are about my experiences as a brand new traditionally published author, I'm not going to digress into all that jazz.

One of the things I was asked to provide to Covenant was a list of title suggestions. These won't necessarily be used, but it was my opportunity to give some input and participate in the brainstorming session the Title Pickers will eventually hold.

Now, one thing that must be understood about me . . . Titles are the shards of broken glass in the ice cream sundae of my writing career---I have a hard time picking them out. Being the intelligent person that I am, I asked for help.

The other night I got together with several members of my extended family. Some of them have read the manuscript of this book, others have not. I gave a brief summary and asked them for any title suggestions.

Imagine, if you will, that feeling you get late at night when you're so exhausted that only thing keeping you awake is massive quantities of sugar coupled with pure, unadulterated adrenaline. This would be the state of mind in which Monty Python and the Holy Grail suddenly becomes the absolute funniest, most ingenious movie of all time. This is also the mind-frame in which I found my family the night of our title brainstorming session.

Allow me to share with you a few of the suggestions that were not at all usable, but were highly entertaining. Keep in mind, this book is a historical romance and the two main characters names are Harry and Athena.

In the "Harry's Name as a Pun" category:
  • A Very Harry Guy
  • Harry, Harry Quite Contrary
In the "Titles That Are Funny in a Really Lame Way" category:
  • This Is a Really Good Book
  • Harry *Heart*s Athena (and vice versa)
In the "Titles That Have Nothing To Do With The Book But Would Probably Help Sell More Copies" category:
  • How To Get A Date With Robert Pattinson
  • Harry Potter, Book 8
In the "Titles That Shamelessly Abuse Athena's Name" category:
  • How Do You Solve a Problem Like Athena?
  • Athena, Which One of The Greeks Was She?
And, finally, the winner and champion. From the "Titles That Indicated We'd Reached the Maximum Level of Sleep-Deprivation" category:
  • I'll Take Two Tacos and an Athena Supreme

Like I said, titles are not really my thing. I gave some suggestions, but I'm planning to just let the experts handle it!

Thought I'd hoick those at ya. Sure, some are a bit tinny, but I figure, as long as I'm taking all my mates on this Walkabout, I might as well give it heaps. (More Aussie slang. Who says you don't learn stuff on this blog!?!)

ps - Don't forget to come back for I Need Friends Friday. It's gonna be awesome!


Rachel Rossano said...

LOL I have similar problems. My hubby is a great random and silly title generator. The came up with the title for The Crown of Anavrea.

Rachel Rossano said...

PS I am really looking forward to Friday. :)

Annette Lyon said...

See, now that's where I've always gone wrong. I should have a family brainstorming session next time instead of staring at the blank form going, "uhhhhhhhh . . ."

I submitted one book without a title. I just slapped on "Salt Lake Temple book." One of the evaluators came back and said, "It needs a better title."

I laughed my head off. Um, yeah, YA THINK?! That wasn't a title, idiot.

Jewel said...

My favorite was the "Harry, Harry, Quite Contrary." It's...poetic. Don't you think? :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

titles are hard. My editor's been trying to come up w/ a title for my novel for a few months. I gave up giving suggestions. Nobody liked them. I sure wish my book had a title, though. People keep asking me what it's called.

Melanie J said...

I'm pretty good with other people's titles (I helped Aubrey come up with Santa, Maybe). And I absolutely loved my title I turned into Covenant. I called it Click because two charcters hit it off from an internet dating site. Perfect, right? Ummm, yeah. Except for the part where Covenant is releasing a book this month called Right Click. Am trying not to be too depressed since my editor told me I wasn't likely to get Click.

So sad....

P.S. My word verification is "podooted." Excuse me.

Aubrey said...

Melanie is a VERY good title-picker, but she still didn't manage to come up with 'Harry Potter, Book 8'. Why didn't I think of that?!

Guaranteed best-seller. That book is literally flying off the shelves!

Oh, and my word verification is 'froate'. Sounds like a murky pond deep in the forest to me... or a highly contagious illness.

Rachel Rager said...

Excellent, Sarah and Rachel! That was lots of fun! I'm in stitches!

Heather Justesen said...

Funny, I love those crazy ideas. I too hate coming up with book titles. My husband actually picked the one for my first book (coming out next month), but even though the publisher liked and kept it, I'm still not sure if it was right.

I get a lot of people asking if the book is about basketball, which is a minor thread in the book, but I'm the idiot who submitted the title (it was way, way better than the other lame ideas I came up with) so I have no one to blame but myself. =)

No one's been able to come up with any good title ideas for the book I'm preparing to submit soon. The best title in the world was the one I wrote it under. Too bad it gives away the plot twist on page 100. lol

My word verification is Mutterro--is that supposed to be Spanish or Italian for muttering? Or is it what you get when you cross a lab with a chijuajua?


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