I know you've heard this. When you're starting a new story and you're wondering what to call it. Someone, a critique partner, writing buddy, editor, or your helpful DH says, "It doesn't matter. Call it anything."
Well, it matters to me. For some reason I can't really get my head around my book until I have an appropriate title, something that helps me keep my eye on the theme, stay tuned into the characters or an overview of the series.
I love a good title. It's one of our most important marketing tools. Let's face it - where a poor title might still get someone to pick it up, a great title is well, irresistible.
A great title can be just one dramatic word - Abandoned, Unspoken, Untamed, Devoured. It can be indicative of a series like Jeannine Frost's Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave, At Grave's End, This Side of the Grave, Destined for an Early Grave. (Kind of obvious they're connected.) Or Katie McAlister's Up in Smoke, You Slay Me, Fire Me Up, Holy Smokes, Light My Fire. (The Aisling Grey series about the green dragons.)
Some of my favorites are mystery titles: Juliet Blackwell's books about a witch who has a vintage clothing store in San Francisco - A Cast Off Coven, Hexes and Hemlines, Secondhand Spirits. And recently I discovered Kate Collins' Flower Shop Mystery - Dearly Depotted, Act of Violets, To Catch a Leaf, Night of the Living Dandelions.
A couple years ago I held an informal naming contest for my book I was pitching at M&M. We decided Tempest Rising fit it perfectly. One month later I discovered a new book by that title and was totally stalled by having my title usurped. Not intentionally of course, but it felt that way.
So here I am with a new series, trying to figure out no only the name of the first book but how will my titles relate to each other within the series. Is there a common thread, word, color that I can incorporate. Well, right now I just need a working title for the first book. I've figured it out for now and I can move forward.
How about you? Do you have to have a title that fits before you can write the book?
Readers - Do you have any favorites? There are some great ones out there.