If you know me at all, you know that I am not a big fan of the exclamation point. Question marks? I adore them. I would wallpaper an entire powder room in question marks given the opportunity (Hmmm). Sure, I use them from time to time, but usually sarcaustically (intentional misspelling - trying to remind myself that sarcasm is caustic). But in this title I have used an exclamation point very intentionally. To emphasize something. Something very important.
I need your help!
Okay, so here is the secret. Husband has been mocking me for days now for calling this thing a secret, for making it all melodramatic and mysterious. And, no, Internet, I am not pregnant. That would indeed be a big secret. The secret is that I am changing the title of my book. Or, 99% sure that I am changing it. Apparently, you never know with these things.
Here is the story. I received a call last week from my lovely editor that the publisher is not so thrilled with the title BLACKBERRY GIRL for a number of reasons (having to do with a mismatch between content and title, cover art, etc). After considerable back and forth, it became clear that I was supposed to whip up some new title possibilities. While this initially threw me for a major loop, I have become excited at the prospect of renaming my baby book.
So... this is where you come in. I would like your opinion. No, I would love it. I crave it like I crave candy pumpkins in October - a lot. Now, please know that the ultimate title decision is not totally mine. There are many players involved in this process who have various levels of expertise that I don't, but I do have a say, a big one, and I want to get this right. So this is when I present you with five possible new titles and you vote. If you are new to this site and/or unacquainted with the broad strokes of the novel which I now must name, click here. And then tell me. What do you think?
- The Beauty of Doubt
- So Are You
- Finding Prudence
- You're Not Him
- Insecurely Yours
I assure you that I have obsessed over this question for several days now. After harassing my poor family about this, I am now harassing you about this. Please know that each of the above titles is not arbitrary, but has meaning within the book - whether via a thematic reference, or an allusion to certain lyrics (Beatles! Yay!) Please let me know if a certain title jumps out at you or if any of these titles would make you want to buy the book. If you absolutely hate any of these, I guess you should tell me that too. But please know that the good folks at HarperCollins are mulling this over too, these very titles (and a few others), and at this point, I have no clue what the future holds. Which is kind of terrifying. But also very exciting.
A recap: I am not pregnant. I am a drama queen. My novel needs a name. I need you and your infinite wisdom. Now.