Does anyone else find titles as difficult as I do to create? I can imagine an entire plot, people it with characters, work out the twists and turns and conflicts – but can I think of a title? No.
I am about to complete what my editor and I refer to simply as ‘Pirates’. It features piracy in the Adriatic, not the Caribbean, and the pirate is the villain not the hero – so far, so hopefully original. But I can’t call it ‘Pirates’ can I? It needs an original title that is going to hook the reader and hint at the swashbuckling romance contained. My mind is a total blank.
So I thought I would cheer myself up by finding a title in advance for the next project, a Regency novella for Summer 2007. It has to contain Middle Eastern exoticism and be lush, exciting and, so my editor tells me, Hot. Plenty of scope there then. Nope. So far it is firmly imprinted on my brain as ‘Camels’, probably the least romantic romance title ever.
And the next full length book? My mental filing system has that one down as ‘Stagecoach’ and won’t be shifted on that either. “What does Stagecoach conjure up for you?” I asked my husband hopefully. After much cogitation he came up with “John Wayne and women giving birth in snowdrifts and lots of boiling water.” Possibly not the most helpful image for a Regency romance.
What do readers think? How important is the title to making you pick up a book? And if there are any writers out there who have the same problem, do comfort me by telling me I’m not the only person in the world who is rubbish at titles.