However, since the battle involved some forays into crumbly old books and buying a couple, that was fun, too.
What isn’t fun is coming up very soon, I think: Titling the WIP.
I have a fallback title but I’m not in love with it.
Strangely enough, the majority of my books carry the titles I originally gave them. Along with most of the traditional Regencies, the first three Carsington books have my original titles. But Not Quite a Lady, like other of my books, involved considerable discussion with publishing professionals. Likewise Your Scandalous Ways, which started out as Not Quite a Hero.
Making titles isn’t easy. Sometimes you nail it the first time. Other times you end up with a title you don’t love but accept as the best you can do at the time.
We can’t just stick any title we want on a book. There are titles that might sound “too contemporary” or “too romantic suspense” or “too mystery” or “too historical fiction” or too Monty Python.
Then there are good words and bad words, and these change over time as well as from publisher to publisher.
Many of you can easily list the current popular title words: Scandal, Mistress, Secret...etc. Listing them is one of those entertaining book games, like Make Fun of the Cover.
Some publishers' titles are distinctive, even to me, a writer stupendously oblivious to publishing trends. At Harlequin, for instance, I noticed the interesting He/She titles: Virgin Slave, Barbarian King; Scandalous Lord, Rebellious Miss; Notorious Rake, Innocent Lady.
Sometimes authors are inspired. The perfect title comes as a bolt from the blue. Sometimes...not.
And sometimes readers (including me) think they can do better. Or at least funnier.If you want to amuse yourself, here are some titles you can try renaming:
Originally posted at Word Wenches--and as you all know by now, the untitled WIP became Don't Tempt Me.