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The Big Reveal

February 13, 2013 by Suzi

Welcome to the Big Reveal
 
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them.

 

I’d like to welcome a new set of writers.
Thank you ladies and gentleman for being a part of The Big Reveal.

 
First… Tell us a little about what you’re working on.
Then… Do titles come easy?
 
 
Eileen Cook, Published Author
I am currently working on a YA novel. I’m calling it Remember Me at the moment, but I’m pretty sure this will change. I need something as a placeholder until the book is completed then the title comes more easily.

 

Kelley Lynn, Pre-published Author
FRACTION OF STONE is coming out March 21st. This title came very easily. So did the whole theme for the next books in the series. The story on submission through my agent, ALREADY THERE, took a little bit of time but Jenny Morris and I had it before we finished the story. The hardest one to come up with a title with was THE PRINCESS AND THE THIEF with Jessica Salyer. We had finished the book and it still didn’t have a title we liked. Even this title I had to twist Jess’s arm to like ;) Kidding, kidding!

 
Chloe Banks, Agented Author
My current title is The Art of Letting Go, which I’m pleased with as it fits perfectly. The book is contemporary commercial fiction, and I came up with it while I was mourning the loss of the working title for this novel – Thousand-Word Things – which I loved. My agent said the title needed a more commercial feel so I brainstormed and came up with this one pretty much right away. Luckily, he loves it too! I often find titles quite hard, but I love it when I hit upon one that just fits.

 

Valerie Cole, Agented Author
Right now, my WIP is a contemporary YA called Project K, which is a temporary title. I’ve been on both ends of the title struggle. Sometimes they’re really easy and fit the manuscript perfectly. Other times not so much. I do like to give WIPs a code name (like Project K) just so I have something to call it until the title sifts to the surface.

 

Jay Bendt, Un-agented Author
The working title is Evermore. Titles don’t come easy, so I give it a working title mostly so that my stories don’t end up filed as “thing written 01/23/2013″ because then I’d never find them again! Once I know what exactly my story really is about, then I try to come up with a suitable title.

 

Lara Schiffbauer, Un-agented Author
The title I’m getting ready to release in March is Finding Meara and is an Urban Fantasy. No, title’s do not come easy. I’m super-pleased that Finding Meara ended up being the perfect title for the book. I often will ask my husband to help me get a decent title!

 

Mark Koopmans, Un-agented Author
Aloha Suzi, thanks for the invite to be a part of the Big Reveal and I hope I can only live up to my expectations :) (I have complete confidence in you, Mark.)


The title of the book I have finished writing is: REVIVAL: The Donald Braswell story. It is the memoir of a young operatic tenor on the cusp of greatness who lost his voice, but found his calling.
I’ve been blessed with the ability to easily “find” titles. It was my favorite part of being a beat reporter – back in the day.
 
Do titles come easy for you?


13 Comments »

  1. Hey Suzi,

    Thanks again for having me over to join your latest group of Big Revealers :)

    And I even know some of the peeps, yahhy :)

  2. Kyra Lennon says:

    Oh, titles are always the worst part of writing for me! I never figure it out until the very last minute!

  3. Suzi says:

    Sometimes titles come easy and right away, sometimes it takes a lot of agonizing.

  4. Sia McKye says:

    Some titles are easier–they sorta jump out at you–other times you really need another person with knowledge if the market to help. Amazing how well the final title seems just right.

    Enjoyed reading the article!

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

  5. All great answers! Some titles come so quick and others take writing the whole MS first. I guess it depends on how the story idea unfolds!

  6. Hi, Suzi,

    Great idea… LOVE this…. such a great way to know our fellow blogger friends….

    HI, writers/authors/blogger buddies….

    This is a great question. Interesting how some of you write then title. I usually have the title before I write the story.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wish titles came easy for me!

  8. Titles come to me quickly, but then they feel weak and I worry over them forever, often changing them and then going back to the first one!

  9. Thanks for pointing me here, Mark. This is neat. I like the concept of interviewing multiple authors all at once. :)

  10. tanya reimer says:

    So interesting. Everyone seems to have their own way, yet when the title clicks, they just know! I have some that I keep a list of possible titles handy and others, it is not even an option, this is the title.

  11. tara tyler says:

    its fun to see the different title processes!
    titles are easy for me, in fact that was my theme for a to z last year. i made up titles & blurbs to go with them =)

  12. I usually have a title half-way through finishing a story. Something will pop into my head, and it will seem perfect. The novel I’m querying now underwent a title change during revisions, though, so anything is possible if a better title comes to mind. Some books just seem to title themselves, while others are a bit more stubborn.

  13. Thanks, Suzi, for including me in your Big Reveal! I loved reading everyone’s answers. I also feel better knowing I’m not alone with having title-trouble. :)

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