I was startled last week when I found out the wrong way that the title to my December release had been changed. To make a long story short, it was a disconnect between my editor and me that was unintentional and, in the long run, not a big deal.
One thing that makes it not a big deal is the fact that whenever anyone asked me about the original title, my first response was, "Uh..." I couldn't just reel off It Was Written in the Stars. This may have been because my title was too long, although I truly did love it, or maybe it was just wrong. The new name for Libby's story is The Happiness Pact and a few days after having found out about it, I'm settling into it really well. Not an "uh" in sight. It's shorter, sweeter, and still about the story. And it's probably just right.
The Debutante's Second Chance. My choice was The River Walk and I would still choose that over the one that was used. I think The Debutante's Second Chance
makes the story sounds frivolous, like one of the fluff pieces we're always accused of. The theme was spousal abuse--not a frivolous page in sight. In all honesty, it was a successful book and I'm still very proud of it, but I think The River Walk would have been better.
Most of my titles with a large publisher have been changed in some way. Other than the one I mentioned, I think the changes were improvements, so I can't quarrel with them. When I am reading a book, I seldom remember its title, only who wrote it.
A hmmm moment and, yes, more questions.
As writers, what's been your experience? As readers, do you ever glance back at the title with a frown and wonder where it came from?
Have a great week.