It’s no joke – deciding on a title for your book is a Big Deal. That’s the focus of this month’s All Business article. When you get a moment, hop on over and check it out. And please feel free to share how YOU come up with YOUR titles (answer to THIS notice, not on the article itself)
As writers, we should know that there are no logical explanations why anything slithers through our respective minds. I do not know how I arrived at the title for my first book but I do know that the trigger for the book was a billboard that had the words “life planning” on it. Kazam! I had a broad idea for Life Sketches, just like a cream pie in the face.
The five-book Haven series was supposed to be one book called Haven. It got longer, and longer, and longer. What to do? Make it a trilogy, of course. Naming the first book was easy; there was a woman named Cassandra who channeled, thus Oracle. Infinte Chain came from characters examining a series of events that led them to the current point in their collective life. Book three, Menace…ugh. It was done and I had no suitable title. Nothing seemed obvious. I paged through Webster’s looking for the magic word. I wasn’t happy with Menace and I’m still not, but I had to call it something. It’s growing on me though. Link was easy; a character reveals a hidden relationship between her and the protagonist. Ripples is a nod to the proverbial stone-tossed-into-a-still-pond and the ripples going on and on and on. It’s a metaphor about how our actions affect ourselves and others.
My five-book Haven trilogy is done. Yes, I do have a friend who asked, “who do you think you are…Douglas Adams?”
However, one of the characters in the series was so powerful that she demanded her own book. She works in a small town library. I’ve worked in two small town libraries and an academic library. It’s called A Place of Order. This is tongue-in-cheek. Thanks to Dewey, there is near-perfect organization, but each library has its own idiosyncrasies due to spatial constraints or operating hours. At the start of the day, you never know who will come in the front door. Frequently it’s the untrainable, coworkers hired by a clueless board who are the problems, but that’s a lament for another time.
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This is a wonderful explanation of your titles, Amanda! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂