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The Process of Titles and… a Reveal! :D

One of the most important features of a book.

The Title.

It identifies your work, and sometimes it also gives an impression of the story beneath the cover.

It is also helpful when that title is unique πŸ˜€ And due to this fact I have had to re-name one of my books.

Now, I have read up on the law regarding using the same title, and it does say you can use it as long as you don’t have the same story. Which makes sense.

But, I just felt kind of bad about using the same title as someone else. It was hard to change the title though, I have to admit. It was a difficult moment. Not only because it was hard thinking of something new, but also because the book title I changed was Stolen.

Stolen was a story I wrote when I was 15, and it has remained Stolen all these years, running around in my head knowing I would want to re-write it one day. So yeah, it’s been Stolen for quite some time and it feels weird calling it something else.

I also changed the title of another book, though that wasn’t so difficult. My third manuscript title was originally Victor!, but something didn’t feel right about it. Even though it suited the story, it just felt wrong.

But the other day, a title popped into my head. I mean, quite literally! πŸ˜€ I was just sat there and BAM!

Heart of the Arena.

It’s perfect!

So, it’s been a pretty interesting week with titles πŸ˜€ Two changed and for different reasons, but it was important to change them and get it just right. Titles are part of the catch to draw a reader’s attention, after all, so they have got to be perfect.

Also, in part celebration of the progress I’m making, and the fact I’m just totally excited. I present to you, Stolen’s new title, cover and blurb!! πŸ˜€

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Blurb:
Stolen away from her humdrum life, Imogen is thrown into a dark world where the creatures from tales are not only real, but rule the realm.

Vampires.

In this world of dark, moonlight is Imogen’s only source of safety, but the moon’s glow reveals a lot more than she ever realised. She soon learns her heritage and bloodline are what put her in danger, and the reason these vampires are keeping her hostage. But with a father who doesn’t even care enough to call, how was she supposed to know?

Held captive by the vampire leader, Bane, and his brother, Caden, Imogen must find a way to keep herself alive. Yet, the longer she remains, the more she wonders whether those she feared are the ones she should trust, as new truths continue to shine through.

When Bane shows Imogen that life in a world of dark can be more enlightening than her own sunlit realm, it seems that, though he may have stolen her from home, she risks him stealing her heart as well.

*Blurb edited and improved by the incredible suggestions of Amos M. Carpenter

Excerpt:

β€œThese memories should remain in the past, you have no need to know of them, you have no need to know of me.” His tone was stern and he avoided her gaze.

β€œBut what if I want to know?” Imogen asked whilst standing from her place. β€œHaven’t I earned that much by being kept prisoner here?” Her voice was as firm as his had been. She had not meant to say it, she had not wanted to ruin that night by reminding them both of the situation. Yet his reluctance and unwillingness to trust her had for some reason hurt deep within her.

Bane stiffened at her words and then the expressionless, stern façade he had lost long ago when talking with her returned. Imogen bit her lip and clenched her fists.

β€œAs you say,” he said, his calm demeanour returned. β€œYou are a hostage, and that is all you are.” It was as though he’d just once again realised she wasn’t a guest but his prisoner.

β€œAnd you are the man, the monster, keeping me in this dark prison!” Imogen didn’t know what she was saying, it was just blurting from her in angry shouts before she could stop herself.

β€œMonster?” Bane swallowed hard, her use of the word obviously cutting at him. Imogen wanted to apologise, but her stubbornness made her throat seize up. β€œDo not think yourself so precious, my lady.” His formality sent a shooting pain across her chest. β€œIt was your bloodline that made me so monstrous.”

β€œPeople I don’t even know did that, not me.”

β€œBut you see me as only someone who would cause harm?” Bane asked. Imogen gasped and stumbled back against the wall when he lunged forwards, his hands slamming against the stone either side of her. The force put dents in the wall where his fists collided. β€œYou think I would hurt you? After everything, you still believe-” He stopped himself. Their breaths mingled at the closeness of his face to hers. Imogen felt the barrage of unspoken declarations that passed between them like electric over her skin, Bane seeming to sense it also, his jaw clenching. Imogen knew their anger stemmed from them both trying to deny what they felt, what they knew was happening. Yet still she remained silent, unwilling to admit the emotions she knew she should not feel so strongly for him, even if saying them would free her from the constant pressure of burying them. Bane let out a low growl before storming out of the room.

***

Hope you enjoyed it!

Have you had trouble with titles? Have you had to change titles of your books? Do they come to you easily, or do you have to work to come up with a title? What’s your favourite title (your’s or someone else’s)?

Progress Report

Publishing status:
> Stolen Bloodline- Marketing.
> The Queen’s Jester- Cover. (Still to do: Blurb, marketing).
> Heart of the Arena- Cover. (Still to do: Blurb, marketing).

May E-Book Review: Book read. Review written.

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78 thoughts on “The Process of Titles and… a Reveal! :D

  1. Wonderful cover, very enticing. I think you made the right decision with the title – it’s powerful and adds to the allure. I would definitely be drawn to the book. The blurb is a nice teaser and I really enjoyed the excerpt. It’s so exciting – I feel excited for you and can’t wait to read it πŸ™‚

    • It is very exciting πŸ˜€ I had all those nerves and now I’m just a bundle of excitement about to explode!

      I’m glad you enjoyed it and like the cover. It’s the first time anyone has seen except family, so I was a little worried. But I thought it was about time I showed something!

      Thank you for your support, it is always really appreciated πŸ™‚

      • You’re welcome – I’m happy you shared it with us. You’ve done a wonderful job of sharing the whole experience and we have all learnt something πŸ™‚ You deserve this buzz – enjoy it!

  2. Wow, must’ve taken guts to make something public that’s been private for so long. Congrats, looks really good! I think the new title is actually better in this case, and I like the half-hidden image in the red “background”.

    • It is weird putting my stuff out for people to see, though might take the nerves off of when I self-publish the books by showing them now πŸ˜€

      I wanted something kind of mysterious for the cover, as it is a paranormal romance, so kind of wanted that feeling.

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for the feedback on my blurb! It reads much better now πŸ™‚ Hope you don’t mind the link back to your blog underneath the blurb. Again, I am really grateful! πŸ˜€

  3. What an intriguing blurb! Please consider it bought. πŸ™‚
    I didn’t have trouble with titles, yet. They still have working title status.
    There are so many great titles, I couldn’t name a special one right now…

    • Glad you liked it. Blurbs are hard to write and make sound intriguing without giving everything away! πŸ˜€

      Sometimes titles come to me really easy, other times I can spend weeks trying to come up with a perfect one.

      Thank you for your support!

  4. Congratulations on getting your book out there! I love the cover and excerpt!

    Coming up with book titles can be a challenge. I’m still not completely satisfied with mine but it’s out already. Initially I came up with four titles and ran it by a focus group (resident assistants and beta readers) and let them decide. I’m terribly indecisive when it comes book covers and titles because as a reader I tend to overlook those aspects. Rarely do I choose books based on those. For me, it’s all about the blurb and first chapter. πŸ˜‰

    Best of luck with your book release, can’t wait to check it out!!

    • Titles are one of those things that you sometimes can never get perfectly right πŸ˜€ To others they can be great, but to the author they just aren’t quite right. I guess it’s because we wrote the stories, we know them so well that it’s got to be the perfect title for all that work πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your supportive comment! πŸ™‚

  5. I love the new title! It says a lot more about the story than just the one word Stolen. The two titles point me in different directions when I image what the book will share. Plus, it seems the world is flooded right now with one word titles. Good job!

    • That’s very true, there are a lot of one word titles out there right now πŸ˜€ Glad you like it, it took a while to come up with. I wanted ‘Stolen’ in there somewhere, but I definitely think this one say more about the story.

      Thank you for your supportive comment πŸ™‚

  6. Love it! The blurb is great!! Thanks for the teaser πŸ˜‰
    The title can be such a dilemma. I had to play the name game with my upcoming release. There were other books out there (lots of them) that used the same words in the title. I added a subtitle, because in the end, those two words meant a great deal to the story. (And I couldn’t part with them :)) Great post!

  7. Oh titles. I cannot titles. Cannot titles at all.

    Working titles for our stories are easy enough: Asylum happens in the club called Asylum. Summer Spiders is about sisters named April, May, June and July and the Spiders of Eight-Legged Ink. Cirque du Vols- the of the circles it’s about. Easy.

    But nothing about them grabs me, nothing about them Names the story, just describes them. That’s why Rain’s story doesn’t have a name yet.

    • Do you find it odd moving from a working title to a proper one though?

      When Victor! changed from that working title to the new one, it feels really odd and I keep forgetting to call it the new title πŸ˜€

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

      • I’ve only had experience moving in the other direction, actually.

        Rains story was originally titled Haven:Awakening, and I’ve never liked it. Rain’s story feels like more of a title, though it does a titles job even less than the first.

        I dunno. I’m not completely sold on traditional novel format for these stories anyways -Asylum is definitely being groomed for WebLit- so maybe I can’t title them because they don’t need a proper title like a proper book would. Maybe Asylum tales or Rains story is good enough.

      • Different ways of producing stories can affect titles. In the end, as long as it feels good to you for your story, then that is the perfect one πŸ™‚

  8. That is such an alluring cover and I think the title is an upgrade, too. For such a little change, it adds so much more depth to the idea of the story. I like it!

    When I have a title, I tend to latch onto it. Thankfully, the title of the books I’ve been working on since I was 15 tend to be pretty unique (Serpent in a Cage, To Cross a River of Blood< yadda yadda yadda), but some of my others, not so much. There's actually another series out there that follows the same title system I'm using for The Slayer Saga (Soulless, Heartless, so on so forth), but I’m just way too attached to it to give it up! The books are completely different, though, so I feel okay about it. Novels I find easy to title, but I always feel my short stories have the stupidest titles ever, but I’m usually too eager to get them out there to worry about a good one. Maybe I can think of something better before someone accepts them or I publish them myself.

    • Sometimes the titles just fit too perfectly to give them up πŸ˜€ But on Stolen, I also felt it added, I’m glad you thought so too!

      Sounds like you have no trouble with unique titles! Short stories are a bit more difficult I find, as the title tends to need to reflect quiet a bit because of the shorter word count. But that could just be me! πŸ˜€

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    • I used an old version of paint shop pro πŸ˜€ Then spent hours trying to get the layers and brushes just right. Along with the title font, which was one of the hardest decisions of all!

      I had no idea what I wanted for a cover for Stolen Bloodlines. I know what I want for the others, but not this one. So I just played around with colours I liked until I finally found something that just jumped out at me.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  9. I see you’re up to covers on two books. They used to be horrid for me–never knew how to accomplish that task. I’ve solved it (with help). What do you do for covers?

    • I have got to get some photos done for the other two covers, and then make the covers and I’m done for covers! πŸ˜€

      I use an old graphics program, PSP8, and play around with colours and textures blended together until something just seemed so perfect I just had to use it! It was pretty much just hours of trying different combinations of colours πŸ˜€

      I figured the cleaner and simpler I went, the more impact it would have. That was my hope anyway!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    • It did kind of all come together in the end πŸ˜€ Just have to get the others up to the same stage!

      I’m excited to, I’m hoping maybe next week I can get them out into the world!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    • Glad you like it! πŸ˜€ It’s fun to be able to reveal it. Hoping won’t be long until I’m revealing the others!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    • I know how you feel πŸ˜€ It is so hard sometimes coming up with a good one. When you do finally find the right one, it does feel exciting though!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  10. Titles are SO hard. Ugh. I tend to just come up with placeholder titles, since I can’t think of a decent one, and then I get so used to calling the book by its placeholder name that I can’t wrap my head around the real title once I come up with it. Example: my book, Imminent Danger And How to Fly Straight into It, was originally called “Varrin”, after the sexy space pirate love interest. Eventually I had to give it a real title … I think it took me a full year before I referred to the book by it’s correct name on the first try. I still sometimes call it “Varrin” when I’m not paying attention. It’s a vicious cycle!

    That being said, I quite like your new titles πŸ™‚ And the cover’s awesome!

    • I like to have placeholder titles, and then it feels really strange to give it an actual title. I got to keep reminding myself that the title has changed after it being the working title for so long! πŸ˜€

      Also, sexy, space pirate love interest… I’m sold! πŸ˜€ Imminent Danger is already on my reading list, it sounds awesome.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  11. Titles are an interesting thing. The book I’m currently trying to get published (I’ll be sending to a publisher in July) has gone through so many title changes it’s not even funny. I started in in 2009, and the title for the longest time was the character’s name “Puck Dupree” because I couldn’t come up with anything else. At the time, I didn’t plan on it being anything more than a working title (and it was), but what I also didn’t plan on was for it to be the first in a series.

    Once I came up with a title for it, it pretty much stuck. “Puck’s Choice”. The series itself has gone through several title changes: Shifter Chronicles, Apple Creek Chronicles, Apple Creek Saga, Shifters of Apple Creek, and Shifters & Mages (which is what it is now).

    • All those titles are brilliant πŸ˜€ It is just settling on one that feels really right for the book, when you get that title it really feels like the book is coming together, doesn’t it?

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  12. Hey! This is so exciting – and that is one *sexy* cover. Titles are pretty freakin’ important. They’re the three things that I look at as things that capture my interest: 1. the cover, 2. the title, 3. the blurb. And it seems like you’ve got that down-packed. Good job! (Not that you didn’t already know that haha.)

    • Thank you!! It really is exciting πŸ˜€

      The cover and blurb are what draw me to a book too. I know, don’t judge a book by its cover and all, but I can’t help but be drawn n by covers!

      Thank you so much for your encouragement and support, it is so much appreciated! πŸ™‚

  13. It’s exciting to see your book cover–love the blurb as well. Based on the first 2 stories I’ve written, the titles were easy to come by, although like you, I had to change the title of my 2nd story because I realized there was another story that had the exact same title and I didn’t feel good about it. I still have to come up with a title for my 3rd story, which I am currently writing, but I will probably think about it after I am done writing the 1st draft.

    • Sometimes it’s easier to come up with a title when the whole story is written, sometimes there’s a word or phrase that sparks a brilliant title πŸ˜€

      I’m glad you liked the blurb and cover! It was really exciting being able to see it all coming together.

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  14. I actually like the new title because it gives more of a hint of the story and goes really with the feel of the book cover too – but I can imagine it must have been hard to change it after all those years!

    And the blurb reads really well – well done, I find blurbs SO hard to write, I think it takes real skill to write one well. Good luck with the book although you have a great premise so it should do really well! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much! πŸ˜€ I’m glad you liked them.

      Blurbs are tricky, I struggle trying to get enough information in it to pique someone’s interest without giving away everything!

      Thank you so much for the supportive comment πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! It was hard trying to think of a cover for this book, but I definitely knew I wanted something mysterious and simple πŸ˜€

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  15. This looks absolutely fantastic. I love the cover, the burb and the excerpt.

    I find titles to be the bane of my existence! They’re so hard. I usually google a title when I think of it and it’s really disappointing when I find there is already a book with the same title.

    • I’m glad you liked them! I was nervous about revealing them, but I got to start somewhere πŸ˜€

      Titles are just ugh. So hard at times πŸ˜€ I get the same feeling, when I think of an awesome title and someone else thought that too!

      Thank you for your support πŸ™‚

  16. What a gripping excerpt and lovely cover!

    As for titles, I tend to name them the first things that comes to mind until I find something better. Usually I name my manuscripts after the overall theme.

    • I tend to have a working title, and it feels strange when I title it the proper thing πŸ˜€ It’s been one name for so long during the writing process, I always forget that I’ve renamed it!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    • It is annoying when you have a brilliant title and you find like three other books have it πŸ˜€ Coming up with a unique title when there are so many books out there is a big task!

      Thank you so much for your encouragement and comment πŸ™‚

      • I think if the title is already in use in a different genre, you’re fine. If it’s your same genre, that’s when it gets very frustrating. But hopefully that’s when the unique cover will make the difference. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much! πŸ˜€ It’s been fun but nervous getting the books up together, but it really feels like I’m getting somewhere now.

      Thank you for the support and encouragement πŸ™‚

  17. Oh my goodness, THAT COVER. It’s ridiculously beautiful. (Also, I had no idea your name was Misha! Fun fact: that’s one of my favourite names in the history of the world. If I ever have a son, I’ll probably name him that.) Lovely, lovely cover, and the blurb only makes me want to read it more!

  18. Wow, that sounds like an awesome book! Your cover is really amazing too. Definitely going on my to-read list!

    • Thank you so much πŸ˜€ Everything is starting to come together, and seeing all of the books gradually getting completed is very exciting!

      Thank you for your support πŸ™‚

  19. Congrats on your cover reveal and blurb! All are very fetching. It’s frustrating when you have to change a title, isn’t it? I’ve changed a title when I realized that a book of the same genre also had the same title.

    • It is frustrating πŸ˜€ But it is nice to have a unique title, and hopefully the new title will work better!

      Thank you so much for support πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you like them πŸ˜€ I was kind of nervous about putting it out there!

      Titles are tricky, and it’s so much pressure to get the title right!

      Thank you for your encouraging comment πŸ™‚

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  21. That is an absolutely gorgeous cover. Really, great work! And I like the changes in titles too. You’re so close to having these published now! So exciting!

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