For the last couple of months my publishing team and I have been talking titles. Primarily the title for my debut novel that will be released in April since it needed to be locked in this month to enable it to start the production process. (Side note: yes, you heard me right, ten months out from release is when the process of producing the book kicks off!)
I had given it a title but I've been writing long enough to know that publishers frequently change titles, so I did my best to hold it pretty lightly. My publishing contract means that while I get consulted on the title, I don't have veto powers, ultimately it's my publisher's decision.
Over the last few weeks we have churned through a range of possibilities from the potential through to the crazy (it featured glow worms and no, there are no glow worms in the book!). We played with the seasons the story is set in, the locations, and the themes. We wanted something that was romantic but not sappy, contemporary but not complicated. We worked through titles of other recently released and soon-to-be released titles of other contemporary romances to try and avoid anything too similar.
Which got me think about titles in general. What I love (whimsical, easy to remember, identifies the genre) and what I don't (tells you nothing about the genre, too complicated, super sappy). So let's talk. What are your favourite book titles ever? And what kind of title would make you not even interested in reading the back cover?
Kara Isaac lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her debut romantic comedy, Close To You, is about a disillusioned academic-turned-tour-guide and an entrepreneur who knows nothing about Tolkien who fall in love on a Tolkien themed tour of New Zealand. It will be an April 2016 release from Howard Books. When she's not working her day job as a public servant, chasing around a ninja preschooler and his feisty toddler sister, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. She loves to connnect on Facebook at Kara Isaac - Writer and Twitter @KaraIsaac