Saturday, December 02, 2006

Title Games

Crafting titles for a book is one of the hardest parts of writing for me. I know, you're thinking what's so hard about coming up with two to five words about a book. Hmm. Everything.

What to include? What to ignore? The proposal I submitted Thursday started with the title The Dog Days of Summer. The K-9 Corp. is a key supporting character and the story takes place over five months, most of them the summer. But The Dog Days of Summer doesn't indicate that the story is a romance or even historical necessarily. So at the 11th hour, I changed it to A Fort Robinson Summer. Not really that much better, but now it at least indicates the military might be involved. But still doesn't scream romance to me. I'm truly hoping the publisher has some ideas if they buy it. Or that a bolt of inspiration will hit.

Prairie Dreams? Where's the military in that? And it's not a book set in the 1880s. It does kind of jive with Canteen Dreams though.

Then the title for the third proposed book? Argh!

For a fun quiz on book titles check out this highlighted by Dave Long at his Faith*in*fiction blog.

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