Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Want to be a character in my next book?

It's a little known fact that book titles change all the time. Typically, the author will decide on a title while writing a book or a book proposal. In some cases, the title will come to an author before the rest of the book. That happens to me a lot. A title will pop into my head and introduce a situation that makes me want to write.

Still, every author knows not to get too attached because upwards of around seventy-percent of book titles are changed by the publishing house. Either they don't fit the finished book, or maybe they don't say what the marketing department wants to say. They could be too long, too short, or just not it.

I've been unusual in that I've gotten to keep my titles. Well, until now. This latest book is going to get a new title. I originally named it The Monster MASH because I'm writing about a group of offbeat paranormal MASH surgeons. And while my publisher is on board with the drama and zaniness inside the book, they want a grabby-er title (And yes, I'm making up a word. I like to do that.)

Anyhow, I've been thinking and thinking of a new title. But then it hit me: Why not ask for a bit of help? So I'm holding a contest. Help me re-name The Monster MASH. I'm open to any and all suggestions. If your title is one of the ones I present to my editor, I'll thank you in the book. If your title is the one we go with, I'll name a character after you.

Post any and all suggestions below.

A bit of background: The monster MASH is located down in limbo during a big immortal war. There are vampires, werewolves, demi-gods, sphinxes and about every other creature you can think of. The protagonist is a half-fairy surgeon who was drafted away from her paranormal medical clinic in New Orleans. Oh and she can see dead people.

One of my re-title suggestions was The Truth About Cats and Demi-Gods. My editor said close, but not it. So think of that kind of vibe. Thanks and good luck!


Blodeuedd said...

Oh now, I suck at naming things, trust me, I worked for week on thinking of a title of my essay..and it still sucked.

But ok...The Limbo Wars
*groans* So not winning ;)

Casey said...

I love Monster MASH! Too bad you can't use it, Angie. Will put on my thinking cap!

SandyG265 said...

I like Monster Mash too!

Angie Fox said...

That makes three of us. :) I think that's why I'm having such trouble re-thinking this, because it's been The Monster MASH in my head for so long.

SandyG265 said...

I'm not great at naming things either but here are two suggestions:

Of Monsters and Doctors

Monster General

Stephsco said...

Keeping with your play on The Truth About Cats & Dogs, would it work to do a riff on a classic war movie title like Apocolapse Now or All is Quiet on the Western Front? All is *something* on the Demonic Front, etc. Or instead of Saving Private Ryan, Slaying Private/Lt. Demon... maybe those are too jokey.

Sharon S. said...

I like the punny titles .
Unatural Medicine?