Tuesday, August 18, 2009

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ~Ray Bradbury

Got my copy of the new Writer's Digest in mail and devoured it in one sitting.

The Art of Entitlement - 7 Tips to Nail the Perfect Title by Jacob M Appel
Tip#4 - Include precise nouns and active verb - for example Appel uses Eugene O'Neils - Desire Under the Elms is more compelling than Love Under the Trees.

While the rest of the article was just as helpful, I've heard publishers usually end up changing your title - so don't get married to it.

How do I come up with my titles?
Well, In Playing For Keeps (still waiting to hear from HQ Blaze) the hero is a pro athlete who has always played for keeps on the field and now he's taking that mentality off the field to win the love of the heroine.

In my latest WIP, Love By Design, which is about a design show on HGTV and the co-hosts fall in love hence Love By Design.

Some other titles for my other works (some completed/some not - novel/short stories)
Annie Get Your Pitchfork
Eight Ball Lover
Scent
Stars and Stripes
The Biggest Loser
Mother Of the Year (a short story - which will be published on-line by LASR on Thursday)

I'll make sure to post the link.

1 comment:

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

The title seems like it wouldn't matter that much, but I know that I've purchased books just because the title grabbed my attention. So I would say they are pretty important. If it is a bad title, it will be the only thing that a reader will ever read.