The title fight

I’m terrible at titles. Of a dozen or so books, I think I’ve named five, maximum. (People are sometimes surprised to hear that writers have little control over titles, but it’s best that way, for everyone. You can only have so many books called My Amazing Life and The Great Canadian Novel, Volume II on the market.)

My upcoming novel went through a dozen titles (False Fronts, Over the Pass, The Director’s Cut, Cutaway, etc., etc., etc.) before the publisher settled upon Anywhere But Here.

Fortunately, I’ve discovered a title genius under my own roof. My daughter’s most recent story is called:

“Three Tantrums, A Girl, and a Snooty, Pregnant Queen”

Who could resist reading a story with a name like that? I’m putting her in charge of all my future naming needs.

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