One of the best things about being a part of the blogging community is the fine, fine people who are a part of it. Yes, I mean you. You have helpful ideas and you get me thinking in ways I wouldn’t otherwise do. And I’m grateful for that.
Last week, for instance, I asked you to help me choose the right title for my next Joel Williams novel. Not only were you kind enough to cast your votes, but you also gave me some really helpful insight into titles. So, let’s take a look at what you told me.
As you can see, 13 of you (54%) chose No Second Chance(s). And we had a really helpful discussion about making that last word singular or plural. It’s fascinating, isn’t it, how important even one letter can be.
On the surface of it, it seems that that title was the most popular choice. But there’s more to be learned here if you look a bit more closely. Four of you (fully 17%) told me you didn’t care for any of the titles on offer. That, plus the 7 of you (29%) who chose one of the other titles, is telling me that the choice of No Second Chance(s) isn’t exactly a mandate from the people. And those of you who didn’t choose that title gave me really useful insights into why it might not work.
All that tells me that No Second Chance(s) might not be as universally appealing as I’d like. Of course, no title is going to draw in every reader. And, if you’ve ever done research, you know that 24 participants don’t constitute a large data set. So, perhaps No Second Chance(s) would be the right choice.
Then again, it didn’t overwhelm. What’s more, I got another terrific idea for a title from our conversation last week (thank you, Kathy D.!): Downfall. Not only does is that title ‘short and sweet,’ but it also captures the essence of the plot in more ways than one. I can certainly see it as the final title choice. It just goes to show that authors should always be open to others’ ideas, whether or not they end up in the final product. Arrogance does not serve a story.
So, what’s next? Over the next few months, I plan to finish revising the novel, and make a final choice of title. Then, of course, there’s the editing. Hopefully, the next Joel Williams novel will be published early next year. Watch this space!
Thanks for your help!
*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from the Beatles’ With a Little Help From My Friends.