I'm currently reading SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder. In it, he discusses the importance of a killer title.
I have to admit, I had not worried too much about my titles, because I've heard so many times that the title most likely will be changed along the publishing path.
However, I have also recently read more than once that agents request pages based on the killer title alone.
This started my wheels turning.
And, then ... I received a query rejection yesterday that said my plot seemed more intent on teaching a lesson than telling a story. This was based solely on the query letter, no sample pages. (You can view a version of my query HERE and/or HERE.)
Hmm. I read the query and thought, wow. Really? But then, I just kept thinking ... maybe it's the title?! The title could be construed as condescending or preachy. Not my intention. I thought it sounded cool.
So ... now I'm on the hunt for a better title. Not easy.
Blake Snyder writes, "One of the best titles of recent memory, and one I still marvel at, is Legally Blonde. Whe I think about all the bad titles it could have been -- Barbie Goes to Harvard, Totally Law School, Airhead Apparent -- to come up with one that nails the concept, without being so on the nose that it's stupid, is an art unto itself. I am jealous of that title. A good sign!" (page 9).
What's the best book title that comes to mind for you? Does it "nail" what the concept of the book is about?