The Frame-Up

June 5th 2018

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Lions and Titles and Bears – Oh My!

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Writing Book Titles is not my forte.

In fact, you’ll be surprised to learn that the original title of It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! was Me, The Gang, and The Man in the Dark Suit.

What you will find most surprising about this is that when you read the book next year – for surely you will, dear reader – you will discover the last version of the book does not have a man in a dark suit.

I think I’ve proven how inept I am at coming up with an appropriate title. Even if the man in the dark suit was still running around, surely I could have done better than THAT.

In fact, the title It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! is actually taken directly from a line in the book.

I can thank my sister for pointing it out to me.

For the past week, I have been torturing myself as I try to find a suitable title for my work-in-progress.

So far there have been at least six titles. There were many more options on the scrap of paper upon which I wrote random plot-related words.

I am happy with the final title, but too superstitious to share it yet. After weeks of  rewriting and revising after comments, corrections, etc., I am about to pass it along to my agent.

A good title is a thing of beauty.

Some favourites:

  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • I Capture the Castle
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • American Gods
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  • Nights Below Station Street
  • Symptoms of Being Human

 

Some titles are literal, some are thematic, some are allusions. But a good one captures the essence of the book.

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll figure out how to do it well!

Please – share your favourite titles – I’d love to hear them!

 

 

 

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