Tuesday, September 11
What's in a Name?
Like most writers, I get pretty attached to my titles.
This book, Vaquero, was originally called Branded. In this story, Cordero Ybarra is branded on his shoulder by two racists. This title fit. I loved it.
Unfortunately, my editor at Siren did not. Well, not entirely true. She loves it...just not for my book. Another author already snagged MY title! I had to change it.
Argh! What to do?
Cordero Ybarra is Spanish. He's a cowboy. Aha moment!
Vaquero--the Spanish word for cowboy.
I'm not going to lie, I like Branded better. I still call this book that most of the time, but Vaquero is growing on me. I like it pretty well. It works.
I have always loved titling my books. I often take a line from the manuscript for the title. Such as Dance the Dance, Shoot the Moon, Rope the Moon, etc, etc.
Which brings me to my current WIP. It is the story of a small town sheriff and an undercover FBI agent, both on the trail of a serial killer. I cannot title this manuscript to save my soul. Okay, maybe that's a little over the top, but seriously, I cannot find the right title for this book.
I thought I'd found it the other day--Hell or High Water.
Then I Googled it. Ha! Only about 50 other books with that title. Back to square one.
Have you ever been so stuck without a title you can't think? What did you do? And, if you have a great title for my WIP, I'm all ears.