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Monday, November 8, 2010

My Baby's Getting a New Name

Okay, I'm not talking about any of my kidlets.  That would be weird.  The WIP is in the midst of getting a huge makeover and with that comes a brand new title.  I've made a big plot change and the original title gives things away (Yeah, I'm going for a mysterious thing here cause I'm mean like that).  To be honest, it's hard.  I've been calling it this one thing for over a year now and I've got to get used to thinking of it differently. And if I'm having issues with changing the title, I couldn't imagine how authors feel about having to adjust to a new title after they have a book deal. 

So I'm back to the revising trenches, trying to come up with something brilliant for a new title (forgot to mention that I don't have a clue what the new title is going to be yet). Fun times;)

Are you attached to your current title?  Have you ever had to change your title and was it difficult or no big deal to you?

20 comments:

  1. I went through this when I changed my main character's name after a long time. You get used to it. Especially if it makes the story better.

    Good luck.

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  2. Title changes are apparently pretty common in publishing. I'd been told never to get too attached to a title for that reason. It is a good idea to change if you've done a massive rewrite, especially if you make a second attempt to find an agent with a massively changed ms.

    I did a post on picking a title that might help you out. You can read it here:
    http://laurelgarver.blogspot.com/2010/09/tempting-titles.html

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  3. Great titles are like tiny bits of poetry...so hard to capture! I'm sure you'll come up with something wonderful; half the battle is knowing what doesn't work.

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  4. I'm pretty attached to my current title, but it's not always that way with my wips. I tend to have a hard time with titles, and change them a lot. My current wip is definitely an exception!

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  5. I didn't get attached to my current WIP title. It takes me a while to settle on one anyway, so I never get attached to it as much as the story.

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  6. I'm horrible with titles so I don't get too attached, because I usually hope that they are going to change.

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  7. Right now my current wip doesn't have a title. I don't usually have a problem thinking of catchy titles but this time I'm stumped.

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  8. Funny. When I changed the title of mine from The Dying Sun to Becoming...you were attached to that one too. I think you may have a syndrome.

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  9. In the same boat. After I made some major changes during my rewrites, my title no longer fits. I'm brainstorming, but have yet to come up with anything.

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  10. How about... ILoveNatalieSoMuchINamedThisBookAfterHer =)

    Yes? No?

    ;)

    While I do like my titles, I'm not opposed to changing them. However, I haven't had any of them for a year, so I can't truthfully say how I'd feel by that point.

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  11. It depends how much I like the title. There are a few I would absolutely hate to change, and some that would result in a shrug. I think when you find that beautiful, perfect, just right title, you just know it. It's hard to admit it isn't right anymore.

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  12. I'm always up for a title change if it's more eye catching and suits the content. It's kinda fun!

    Enjoy the new name!

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  13. I try not to get too attached to my titles (although sometimes, it's difficult not to), because as Laurel mentioned, they can be changed in any stage of publishing. But if the new title is great enough, it makes the transition easier. :)

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  14. I don't have a title yet! I actually don't title anything until I'm finished, but that's just me :)

    Good luck with your new title!

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  15. You can do it! I have a feeling you'll love your new title once you adjust to it. I've not yet changed a title, but I'm not particularly attached to the ones I have. Good luck with final revisions!

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  16. I'm in LOVE with my title and would be devastated if I had to change it!!

    Good luck in the trenches. I'm right there with ya!! :)

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  17. Hi - Good luck in the trenches. I love rewriting, just a lot of fun.

    No, I'm not attached to my title. Sometimes a manuscript goes a different way and my old title won't work. It's not about me. It's about what the manuscript demands, so I'm good with it.

    Besides, there's too many other things to work on like the brand new character that just stopped by, and decided he wanted to go in a different direction.

    Happy Writing to All.

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  18. That is really exciting that your book is getting a new title. Mine was originally called THE FOUR GENTLEMEN FLOWERS and then my editor and I changed it to THIS BURNS MY HEART, which I like much better now.

    So when are you going to share the new title? (And kudos on a great idea for a post; I'd never seen this before.)

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  19. How exciting! I have had to change my title but it came after an overhaul so massive it was no longer even the same novel. It was hard but I'm very happy with the end result, both the novel and the title!

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  20. I think that's great your baby is getting an overhaul! I believe strongly that a power title is important!

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