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What Does a Title Tell You?
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:50:46 AM »
Titles are funny things. Writers of both prose and poetry worry about them, search for the perfect one to grab a reader by the throat and get them to read what's inside.

While you're in the early stages of a particular piece, go ahead and give it a Working Title. This is handy for you and anyone you may ask to read for feedback/critique or whatever. Much better to give them something to call you piece rather than "You know, the one you wrote about the school yard bully" or "I'm talking about the one where you listed all the trees and flowers along the pathway."

A working title can be as simple as your MC's first name, the location it's set in or anything else that would at a glance let you know exactly which of your several WIP (work in progress) you are looking at.
 
If you still wish to find just the right words to splash across the longed for book cover, don't forget as you search for that perfect title, if you choose to go the traditional route in publishing and are lucky enough to land an agent and/or a publisher, they may have ideas of their own as to what title would work best for the words you have slaved over.

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Re: What Does a Title Tell You?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 12:48:38 PM »
From what I've heard, publishers love changing titles.
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Re: What Does a Title Tell You?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 02:55:18 PM »
my current working title...   The Falling Veil     :D
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Re: What Does a Title Tell You?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012, 02:59:26 PM »
A good title can attract the attention of an agent, but also -- the title could be changed to better suit a target market in some cases, by including a location, for example.

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Re: What Does a Title Tell You?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2012, 03:29:37 PM »
As a reader, a title will catch my attention but if I look at the first few sentences they could turn me against the book. However if it is non-fiction I will look at several places in the book to see if I am interested. Not sure my approach is "typical" of the average reader ? Regardless, I think a proper title is important as a marketing device.

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Re: What Does a Title Tell You?
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2012, 03:52:40 PM »
I always title a WIP with something recognizable, a name or word that when I go searching I will know at a glance which story is which.

Naturally, when it comes to publishing my home is the title will have more relevance to the story than just the character's name.

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my current working title...   The Falling Veil 

That's what I'm talking about Andrew. I'm sure you know the story behind the title of The Falling Veil. You don't have to open one wip after the other on your word processor, searching for the one you want at any given moment.

The same goes for a piece you put up for review. If it's been long enough that it's fallen to the 4th or 5th page around here, you would be able to do a search and find it with each should you need to double check one of the critiques or for any other reason.

Although I didn't mention it directly before, seeing so many things put up for review here without even a Working Title makes me wonder how the poster would go about finding it a few months from now should they need to do so.
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Re: What Does a Title Tell You?
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2012, 08:25:25 AM »
I treat titles like the last line of a haiku. A summary of events without pointing directly.