Sometimes titling books so that they sound unique and appealing becomes a great challenge.
When the author feels stuck, I usually jump in and start by reading the book (or series) proposal with highlighter in hand. I pick out all the interesting words pertaining to the story.
Very briefly, this book is about the gang formed by Henry Berry Lowrie at the end of the Civil War in Rebeson County, NC. Two brothers join the gang late in its existence. Along the way, they encounter two women--one fair in face and temperament becomes a captive, the other as beautiful and wild as the land becomes a raider. Though they've never met, the women are the missing parts of a secret that will bind them together for eternity.
Then I start matching up words.
The Raider's Bride
The Captive Bride
The Swamp Captive
The Backwoods Outlaw
Out of the matched words I look to see if anything stands out as a great title.
With a series, I have to do this for each book and then try to get a title grouping that we feel would be the best for marketing the series.
This is where you come in. Marcia Gruver is writing the Backwoods Buccaneers series. The first releases in Spring 2011. The series basically is about three generations of "land pirates" spanning from North Carolina, to Mississippi, to Texas, who confront the inescapable wages of sin and greed.
We are looking for the most appealing group of titles. Please vote for one group. And to reward you for your time and opinion, we'll draw three names from the comments to send Marcia's complete Texas Fortunes trilogy to.
The Swamp Outlaw
The Natchez Bandit
The Treasure Hunter
I'll close the drawing on Monday the 15th. Thanks for your help.