I write a lot of books and normally I don’t have a problem coming up with titles. Instinctively a title comes to me either before or during the writing of the first chapter. But then I started to write more, series, and more series!
And I don’t always know when a book is going to develop into a series. I wrote Touched by Death as a standalone. Boy was I wrong. I woke up a couple of weeks ago with the most horrible nightmare and realized it was Meg’s story – a character from that first book. So now I have two books in that series and I can easily see a third character getting their own book as well. But I titled the first book Touched by Death. It fit. It rang true to me as the writer. It’s actually a line in the story. Hopefully it rang to readers as well. But what do I do with a second book? I need to avoid J.D Robb’s ‘Death’ series and hadn’t even considered that when I wrote the first book.
Then there is my design series – I thought 3 books in total but didn’t have all the titles worked out. I currently have Dangerous Designs, Deadly Designs and now I’m not sure. Book 3 is in progress and I’m struggling to find a title. And how about my Vampire series. I have Vampire in Denial, Vampire in Distress and Vampire in Design. Each one fits the book but the series is nowhere near done. Sigh. Yet I’m outdone on titles. Lol.
I’m currently working on 3 books, and for the first time, I don’t have a title for any of them!
I tend to like short and clear titles. A single drama
tic word can make a great title – Abandoned, Unspoken, Ageless, Forever, Damned. If the book is part of a series, I love knowing that by the title. I mentioned JD Robb’s ‘Death’ series as a perfect example.
Funny titles are also great – Kieran Kramer’s–Cloudy With A Chance of Marriage comes to mind. There are so many out there! One I read recently on another blog made me laugh - Catherynne Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
Our own blog authors have a wonderful selection of titles – consider for example - You’ve Got Murder (Karin Tabke, Edie Ramer), Dangerous Sanctuary (Michelle Diener), Chosen by Fate (Virna DePaul) and Ghost Hunter (Lori Brighton) – and that’s only a tiny sampling!
Do you like your titles to tease? Rhyme? To be indicative of the genre? Or to be specific so you know what you are getting into? And if you have any ideas for my Design, Vampire or ‘Death’ series, let me know!