30 June 2013, Writing Ideas - Titles
Announcement: My novels Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness are about to be published. I write this blog about 2 months prior to its publication. I just heard that the proofs will be here soon--likely before the end of the week. My publisher also wants to put the entire set of novels based on Aegypt on contract--that's 5 more novels for 8 total. They also want to put my other novels on contract. The release schedule should be one novel every 2 months. I'll keep you updated.
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Here are my rules of writing:
1. Entertain your readers.
2. Don't confuse your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
Unless you get a bolt from the blue while you are writing your novel, a title is
best affixed when you finish the first draft. Sometimes it takes a long while to
match the right title to a book, and sometimes the marketing savvy of your
editor/publisher helps fix the title. Here are some ideas on how not to put
together a bad title. Once you have a potential title or titles in
Check it on Amazon, B&N, or any other book seller site. You
want your title to be nearly or absolutely unique. This means no one else has
used it in common practice or knowledge. If you have a great title, but everyone
and his brother is using it already, how will you separate yourself from the
crowd? Just take a look at some common titles on Amazon and see how many hits
they generate--sometimes thousands. If your title gets confused with a thousand
other titles, no one will find your book. On the other hand, if your book has a
strange title, you might get no hits at all.
Make sure your title
reflects your work. Roz Young recommended my book Aegypt www.AegyptNovel.com be called, In the
Tomb of the Goddess of Darkness and Light. That's catchy, but too long. There
are some other works with Aegypt in the title and another work named Aegypt.
Just one. I felt that that was great probability. Someone looking for Aegypt
(either novel) would find mine. This is a positive.
Don't hold on to your
working title if it doesn't work. For example, I gave a working title of Seeds
for The Seeds of Rebellion to the work The End of Honor www.TheEndofHonor.com. The working
title of The Fox's Honor www.TheFoxsHonor.com was Duel. The title
of A Season of Honor www.ASeasonofHonor.com was Desert.
These titles simply stood in place for the final titles. Eventually, the Honor
theme became the focus of each of the titles, and finally, I gave the series the
title The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox www.DragonandFox.com. This was a request
from my publisher and made sense from the context of the books.
recap, make sure you have a somewhat unique title, that can't be confused with
too many works. Check it out before you go to print.
See more writing secrets at www.ldalford.com
For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel, http://www.centurionnovel.com, www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, thefoxshonor, aseasonofhonor.