Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New book cover and a somewhat unrelated question

Yesterday, I received a fun surprise in my inbox. The cover for A Tale of Two Demon Slayers is here. Now this is the book that's due out in Feb 2010. In it, Lizzie and the gang head to Greece where they discover all kinds of juicy secrets about Dimitri's past, as well as an enemy that is gunning for Lizzie and anyone she's ever met. At least that's how it's going so far. I'm still writing the last four chapters. Wish me luck!

And onto the somewhat unrelated question: how much do you judge a book by its title? I've always liked titles, I think, because I was an advertising writer for so long. To me, they're like mini-headlines. I've bought books based on the title alone: Undead and Unwed; Dead Girls Are Easy; Red-Headed Stepchild.

Still, I thought that was a unique quirk until yesterday when I posted on Facebook that I'd just sent Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo to my editor. (That's the novella for My Zombie Valentine). I thought I might get a few yay's for being done, and I did. (My friends are so cool.) But there were also a lot of people who talked about the title.

That surprised me because, well, is it possible others share my obsession? So what about you? Do you pick up books based on the titles? What are some of the favorites? Oh and to sweeten the pot, I'll throw in a $10 Borders gift certificate for one lucky commenter.

27 comments:

... said...

I so buy a book just because of the title. (i.e.
Electra Galaxy's Mr. Interstellar Feller or Down Home Zombie Blues)

They just sound too fun.

Margay said...

I'm definitely attracted to interesting book titles. Aside from all of yours, I like Boys That Bite, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and The Wednesday Sisters (I was born on a Wednesday), just to name a few.
Margay

Angie Fox said...

Ohh...I forgot about that one. I also bought Down Home Zombie Blues based on the title.

Angie Fox said...

Interesting, Margay! I have no idea what day I was born. I hope it was a weekend because my mom actually had a beer at a get together before she went into labor. You gotta love the '70's.

Blodeuedd said...

I love covers, pretty ones make me pick up a book, ugly ones, well makes me walk past. Sad but true. Maybe if they have a really great title I will have a look.

As for yours, love the cover, and the title. A 2 in 1 there. Seldom I love both, great covers have ok titles. Usually bad covers have great titles, hm I wonder why

Jackie (Literary Escapism) said...

First, the third book is going to be blue as well? Or is the second one more purple? For some reason, I was expecting a different color background since your first book was red and they changed the color for the second.

And I most definitely pick up novels by the title. If it's easy to remember, I'm more likely to remember it when I'm browsing the shelves at BN or Borders when I want something to read. However, I would have to say I'm more of a cover junkie than a title junkie. A good cover will get me interested more than a title

Jane said...

I've never bought a book based on the title alone. A great title has prompted me to pick up the book and check out the blurb. One title I recently saw made me laugh. It was Katie MacAlister's "Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang."

Angie Fox said...

Aw...thanks, Blodeuedd! I like the title too. And it fits into the story, which I think is a must. Drives me crazy when there's a title that has nothing to do with what happens inside the book.

Angie Fox said...

Hi Jackie! Yes, the color is different. Last book was purple. This one is blue. But they do look the same on the computer because for some reason, the file of the online book cover tends to blue out.

And yes, I think there are more cover junkies than title junkies. I think people are just attracted to nice looking art.

Angie Fox said...

Yes, Katie MacAlister has some good titles. I picked up The Corset Diaries just based on the title. Cute book, too.

michelle said...

Hell yeah! I constantly judge books by their cover and their title. Those are the two things that grab you when scanning a bookshelf. The first time I saw the cover of your first book I knew I would like it...and I did! Michele Bardsley's I'm the Vampire That's Why! (and all the following books) immediately caught my attention. I like when a title from a series runs with a theme. Ya know...kinda like your books! :) Mario Acevedo's titles are great too. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats or X-Rated Bloodsuckers... how could you not want to read a book with a title like that, especially when the covers are just as intriguing. Can't wait for A Tale of Two Demon Slayers! Now go write more! lol!

Amy S. said...

Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind
Cosmic Sex

macbeaner said...

I have to confess, sometimes a title will just draw me in and then I have to check out the book.

Usually something like "Bound by Honor" gets my attention.

donnas said...

I have never bought a book based on title alone. I have picked them up and looked at the them online based on the title but if the story doesnt interest me I wont buy it.

kim h said...

no nver usallly word of mouth or rewviews
cover to get my attentions more
thanks

CrystalGB said...

I haven't bought a book based on the title but a catchy title will get me to pick up the book to read the back blurb.

Casey said...

Nice cover, Angie! And yes, I definitely pick up a book based on title. A for instance...Charlaine's "Dead Until Dark." Brilliant title!

atc218 said...

Normally, the picture on the cover is what grabs my attention first. Then the title second. But I am a very visual person, so even if the name sounds good, and the cover is not so good...I am not as inclined to read it or buy it. Which is just terrible because I bet I am overlooking a lot of books that are really good.

Thanks!
Amy M

Pam P said...

While just cover or title alone is not enough for me to buy (need to read a bit about it), both can make me pick up a book to check it out. Even with an awful cover, if the title gets my interest, I'll pick it up whereas I might have passed it by because of that awful cover, lol.

Sara said...

Title's definitely grab my attention, especially if the spine of the book is showing and I can't see the cover. Although covers tend to draw me in, titles can sometimes tell me more about the book (if I'm too lazy to read the blurbs).

I think a title grabs my attention even more when I'm browsing at the library because (at least at the library I go to) urban fantasy/paranormal romance are shelved with the rest of the fiction. (The only genres that get their own section are mystery and scifi.) So if a title is witty or screams urban fantasy or can get my attention while being surrounded by all sorts of fiction, I'll definitely grab it and check it out.

Books I've grabbed solely because the title grabbed me:
-Nymphos of Rocky Flats and X-Rated Bloodsuckers by Mario Acevedo (the rest of his titles are also hilarious)
-Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper
-Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

Basically, if the title makes me laugh, I'll give it a shot.

Kimberly B. said...

I am definitely attracted to titles that are either pretty or amusing. Two books with titles that (in part) persuaded me to buy them are Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth and C.S. Lewis Till We Have Faces---and they were both terrific books, too. And Christopher Moore writes hilarious books, some with funny titles---liked The Lust Lizard of the Melancholy Cove and You Suck!. But his books I bought because of his name on the cover, not the title.

Lori T said...

I have picked up a book based on the title, but I do have to check out what the book is actually about before buying it. A few examples are Mark Henry's Happy Hour of the Damned and Road Trip of the Living Dead or Stephanie Kuehnert's I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone or Ballads of Suburbia or how about The Accidental Demon Slayer?

There are some really interesting titles listed here and I had to check them out.

Angie Fox said...

LOL Thanks, Michelle. And yes, the titles made me pick up Michele Bardsley's vampire books too. I couldn't resist, I'm The Vampire, That's Why!

Glad to see I'm not alone. This whole discussion is so reassuring. Like book-y therapy. ;)

Angie Fox said...

Interesting, Amy. I never thought of it in terms of visual people vs others. Hmmm...!

Angie Fox said...

There are some great titles listed here. I'm making my list as I read. How bad is it that I hadn't heard of Nymphos of Rocky Flats? You had me at "nymphos."

Angie Fox said...

Wild that your library doesn't have a romance section, Sara. Most of the ones where I'm from separate the romance (unless it's in hardcover) so I just assumed. Titles would be really important if it's all mixed.

RachaelfromNJ said...

Titles and covers do affect my buying decisions. One of my favorites is 20 Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak.