Question Wednesday: Titles of Books

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I’ll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I’ll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here.

kai charles says:I wonder, how you come up with your titles? They are so funny!

Titles are a funny thing. A lot of the time the author has little to do with them. For example, MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES was called Zombie Therapy when we submitted it (I still think that’s a great title). Orbit wanted something different, so we went around and around about it with lists of ten and twenty titles between my editor, agent and me. Eventually we settled on Married and that helped me come up with similarly typed titles for FLIP and ESL. Oh and ESL was originally called THE ZOMBIE WHISPERER until I joked with my editor about Eat, Slay Love on Twitter. So that became the 3rd book and I used Whisperer for the 4th in the series that I self-published.

So it can really be a collaborative effort based on personality, marketing and a bunch of other voodoo I probably don’t even know about.

What are your favorite titles and why?

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