the book will be out! Yes! We can now officially begin to One Year to [Whatever the Book Ends Up being Titled] Countdown! ;)
Yes, the book still doesn't have a title. I know. We're working on it. We thought we had one there for a second, but it wasn't quite right, either, so now we're back to the drawing board. It's hard to be without a title, which probably contributed to the funk I've been in for the last couple of weeks.
I think the title is the single most important piece marketing you do for your book, so it's important to find the right one. And of course, there are a lot of people who have to like it before it can become the offical title- your editor, your editor's boss,the sales department, your agent(s)...and, of course, you, the author! So you can see why it might be pretty challening! The main issue with The Book Formerly Known as Demonglass is that there's so much going on with it. It's too funny to have a super-serious name, but as I've said before, people DIE and there is scary stuff, so it's too dark to have a light, "punny" name.
Still, I was kind of surprised by how angst-ridden/neurotic the title search made me. I got very paranoid that we would NEVER find the perfect title, and that fear really hindered my work on the sequel, probably because I couldn't work with Sophie and Co without thinking abouot how their original book was still sadly nameless!
So I decided to take a little break and recharge the batteries. That's why I've been blog free for awhile. Instead of writing, I've been reading a lot, and I took an overnight visit to The Mama's for some peace and quiet (those of you with small childern understand!) I came back yesterday- in the snow! In Alabama!- feeling much better. I know a lot of writer's advise writing every day, but I think breaks are very important.
I rearranged my office in the hopes of improving my writing mojo. And, hey, I'm blogging, so it must be working!
Small Son, loving the snow.