December 29, 2009

Would A Novel, By Any Other Name, Smell as Sweet?


After I received the "alternate titles" request I mentioned in my previous post, I went to these ladies for a little help and found this.
As helpful as it is to be encouraged to relax about a title, to not stress so much over what your novel will be called because chances were never there for your title to stick in the first place, I still find myself checking my email every few hours, waiting on word from the title comittee, who ended their last email assuring me they will take everything into consideration, and hopefully would be able to pick a good one.

Aaak!

Do not get me wrong! I am still totally blown away by this chance... that editors are even calling me Krista and "part of the Covenant family" still makes my toes curl and I find myself smiling into space over all this opportunity.

But, I came up with seven, and then two more, titles to give them. I liked ONE of those. One. And I didn't like it better than the original. The others had me wincing, sticking my tongue out, shaking my head as I typed them into the email.
And I have a feeling this is something I am going to have to get over. Because the lovely people at Covenant know what they are doing, right? RIGHT? Of course they do (mantra chant). And I am guessing my suggestions aren't the only ones on the table.

And Annette Lyon is right. The story was great enough to catch the editor's eyes. They love my book. The title will come. And the next one, and the next one.
The Orchard... The Inn... The Lake... like that.

Right?

7 comments:

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Congratulations, Krista! Good luck with your title choices.

M. Gray said...

Oh, Krista, it is so exciting that a committee is discussing your book like this. I'm so excited for you! And I am positive many many readers will read your book regardless of what it is called. I can't wait! I'm sure they'll decide on a great one. If you ever get worried just remember my horrid list and know it could be worse.

Krista said...

Haha, thanks, M. How about, "The Orchard of Limbs and Heat"?? Or, "Cherry Blossoms In My Hair"??
Hmmm, those sound a little racy! Yikes! Hee. I'll let you know what happens.

Krista said...

Karen, I found your comment in my spam box and promptly moved it. I am now following your blog. Isn't it great to "meet" here on the net?

M. Gray said...

hehehehe. I'm lovin' The Orchard of Limbs and Heat. Woo! I gotta read your book!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I noticed that, and thank you! I started following you as well. I want to keep up on this title drama lol. Choosing titles can be SO hard.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I love the whole title finding process. I know not to be married to it b/c the book passes through so many hands. So many opinions. Congrats on snagging the attention of editors.
~ Wendy

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