Wednesday 31 August 2011

Book 1 & Titles

Versions one and two of my current project had a title. It was one of those rare moments (for me) where the book had a title before I'd even put pen to paper - or fingers to keyboard.

However, as I started version three, it became clear the title no longer suited the book I was writing so I was back to the same old problem I usually have; what the hell do I call the thing?

Why are titles so difficult? Why can I write an 80-100, 000 word novel but those few words that will (hopefully) be displayed on the front cover are beyond me?

Now, I know titles can change. It would more than likely be in my best interests if somebody did change mine because I clearly suck at it but that initial title has to grab the attention of an agent. It has to stand out on the slush pile but it also has to be suitable for the book.


My book had no title for a while but then I was 'forced' to come up with a title when I entered it into in this competition. It isn't a brilliant title but I don't think it is the worst I have ever conjured up. It does the job so for now it will be a working title.

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