Monday, July 09, 2007

To Title or Not

How many times have you had a great storyline idea but was stumped when it came to a title for it? How many times have you read a book and the title didn't match the content? I've seen/heard several instances where the title and/or cover art didn't make sense and the authors were upset. Did it do any good to complain? Not that I've heard in those instances. Once it's out of your hands, it's not your baby anymore.

I'm a newby. There, I admit it. I love talking and hitting up more experienced people (aka authors) for info. I have problems when it comes to deciding on my WIP titles, but wouldn't the author know content better? Maybe. Some authors that I've had the pleasure to chat with admit it's hard for them. They've even been thrilled with new titles.

But what got my goat this weekend is a book I read by a popular author. I won't name names and/or books and do myself a disservice by pissing anyone off. But when you write a book with a cowboy title...and there aren't any cowboys in your book...sorry. I was a bit miffed cause I bought the book with expectations. I miss my cowboy. I want to read about the lifestyle. I liked the book okay. Probably would've paid to read this particular author anyways...but the title was very misleading.

I'm not perfect, or even claimed to be in the category, but...who should have the right to name your hard work? Even if your title sucks? Who has the right to be the judge? What do you think?


Chicki said...

I totally agree with you, but that's not the nature of the publishing industry. That's why so many people self-publish.

All of my stories have old-school R&B song titles (my favorite music), and I wanted to brand myself that way. But if a publisher wants to buy my book with the stipulation that they'll change the title, oh well... I want to sell and that's more important.

Chelle Sandell said...

I love your titles but I can definitely understand changing a title if it means being published. You won't hear me complain.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Hmm. Yeah. I don't like misleading titles--or especially misleading backcover blurbs. Grrrr.

Titles are a big P.I.A. I have two for the one I'm working on now. LOL! I can't decide. Wah!