I was browsing around Borders last night with a friend and a S’More Mocha thinking, So many books, so little time, when one book’s title jumped off the shelf at me: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Have any Edit Café readers read this book? I think that’s such an intriguing title and the story sounds pretty good, too.
I’m curious how you come up with your titles. Do they come easily or do you agonize over them? I know I sometimes find it difficult to help brainstorm with an author for the best title, and other times the ideas flow quickly. I guess it depends on how creative I’m feeling, but it can be so hard to sum up a book in just a few short words.
Often when a book is accepted, especially in the full-length line, the title needs to be changed. Reasons for that can include the title being the same or too close to another Barbour has published, the title isn’t doing its best to represent the story, and most often because the title needs to have a certain ring to it that has appeal for the market. In Heartsong, of course, that “ring” needs to be a romantic sound that readers are drawn to.
Here are some recent and upcoming Heartsongs that I particularly like the titles of:
The Superheroes Next Door by Andrea Boeshaar
Remembrance by Janet Spaeth
Stillwater Promise by Becky Melby and Cathy Wienke
Under the Tulip Poplar by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver
All That Glitters by Lynette Sowell
Finding Home by Jennifer Johnson
Picture Bride by Yvonne Lehman
The Bartered Bride by Erica Vetsch
Autumn Rains by Myra Johnson
Fire and Ice by Susan Page Davis
Based on how well they fit the story and/or how well you think they attract a reader to the book, what are some of the best titles you’ve read or seen?