I’m trying (again) to come up with a new title for EEL’S REVERENCE, a science fantasy book which has nothing whatsoever to do with eels. I try this every so often. So far, I’ve had no luck, but this time I’ve enlisted my critique partners in Southern Indiana Writers to help me. And I hereby enlist you.
I’ve posted about it before, including excerpts and short stories based in that world. Here’s a blurb:
For $2.99, you can have your very own eBook with mermayds, evil priests, fire, wolves, a nice ladylike lashing of bloodshed and ABSOLUTELY NO EELS! $2.99.
Wouldn’t you gladly pay TWICE that much for a book with an iron-clad eel-free guarantee?
…No, no, no, that’s not the real blurb. What did I do with the real blurb? ~rummage rummage~
When elderly priest of Micah, “Aunt” Libby, goes on a Final Wandering, she’s accosted and then befriended by an amphibious mugger–a mermayd with attitude. The area known as The Eel is infested with worse than minor criminals–it’s under the thumbs of a coalition of greedy, brutal priests. Aunt Libby is a frail barrier to stand between peace and violence, and the worst violence may not come from her enemies…but from her friends.
To me, EEL’S REVERENCE was, is, and maybe always will be the title of this book. But this title puts people off.
So here’s one of the many places at which an author must ask and answer the question: Which is more important to me right now, what I want or what the readers want?
I’ve tried it my way, and people avoided the book in droves. So maybe it’s time to try it the readers’ way. After all, I changed SOME DISPUTED BARRICADE to the current title A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE with some success. I think I’m ready to give this book a new name, as well.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Think of five possible titles for your work in progress.