In a name... Titles
Already I can hear the collective groan from a hoard of writers who are struggling with titles. The real catch on this is that we spend all that time coming up with a title that will catch an editor or agents eye and then the publisher will most likely change the title when the book goes into production. But that doesn't stop us from struggling with the issue.
One of the most common questions that I get with OBSIDIAN is... what is obsidian? Well, if you've read the book then you know that there is a reference to the black volcanic stone in the book, but it also became a metaphor for how deep and dark our pasts can be and how it colors our life as we continue on to adulthood. OBSIDIAN was the name that I picked for just that reason. I never dreamed that Five Star would actually want to keep it. But it worked on so many levels for the book.
Then there are the THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE GIRL WHO... (insert the latest title here). I was surprised to find that there were other books being pubbed out there with similar titles that were not written by Stieg Larsson. Is this an obvious attempt to trade on the popularity of a bestseller? Or merely another example of titles changing to suit the readers demand. Much the same that the popularity of genres changes to suit the demand.
So, just what is it about titles that you like or dislike? Is it a combination of the titles and artwork? And could just hearing a title entice you enough to buy the book? Let me know..
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