is now the official title for The Book Formerly Known as DEMONGLASS!
Just got the word from Editor Jen today that everything is official, so I was free to announce it. Yay! As you know, the title process has been a struggle, and so I was so happy/relieved to come up with this title, which really feel perfect.
Basically, we changed the name of the school from Prentiss Academy- which really had no meaning other than I liked it!- to Hecate Hall. I loved the symbolism of Hecate, because not only is she the Greek goddess of witchcraft, she's also the goddess of the crossroads. I felt like that was a perfect symbol both for the school, where "monsters" are sent as punishment, and for my MC, Sophie, who as a half witch/half human, lives her life at a kind of crossroads.
We had originally decided to call the book HECATE HALL, but we had some real issues with pronunciation, which is something you really have to think about when writing for teens. As I learned from teaching high school, a lot of kids will hesitate to ask for a book if they're not sure how to say the title. So we tossed around a lot of ideas before I came up with the idea of turning our whole title search/issues with how to say Hecate into a giant meta-joke. What if, I thought, the kids at the school refer to it as "Hex Hall" because A) it's mostly populated by witches, and B) no one knows how to pronounce Hecate. Luckily, everybody really liked that idea, and HEX HALL was it!
Now that we have a title, REALLY exciting things can start happening, like COVER ART!
You guys. I am so excited for cover art. You have no idea. And luckily, Hyperion has insanely gorgeous covers. Seriously.
I feel like I'm in very good hands!