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Revised Title!

For the last few months, I’ve been concerned about the title of my work in progress. I was afraid it was too obscure, and hard to pronounce, that the title wouldn’t draw readers to read the description, let alone buy the book. Now that I’m getting serious about publishing, it became imperative that I make a decision, and soon. I’ve hired a cover designer to begin work on November 17th, and she needs the final information to start her design!

I had a few criteria for the title:

  1. Catchy – it has to be easy to remember and noteworthy
  2. Fairly unique – it doesn’t have to be the ONLY book with that title, but it should be the only fantasy novel
  3. Relevant – it needs to communicate some aspect of the book, as well as the genre
  4. Doesn’t give away the ending – I don’t want to reveal too much in the title alone
  5. Good to use in a series – it can be changed or modified to brand Rie’s trilogy and the overall series

After some good discussion with my beta readers and my husband (who’s a tough critic, in a good way!) I’ve finally made a decision.

<Cue drumroll>

Sanyare: The Last Descendant

It’s catchy and completely unique, no question there. It does give a hint at the plot, making it relevant, but with some minor tweaking of the story, I don’t think it reveals too much, too soon. It definitely has a fantasy feel, but it’s not over-the-top swords and sorcery. And it can be used in a series, either by continuing the trend (e.g. Sanyare: Origin’s Apprentice) or by using the word “Sanyare” in the series name (e.g. A Novel in the Universe of Sanyare).

I’ve put a lot of time and thought into this one tiny decision. Okay, really it’s not so tiny, because some titles can make or break a reader’s decision to buy, but it’s a small component of the larger publishing picture. In any case, I hope you like it!

Feel free to leave comments! Even constructive criticism is still useful!

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3 comments on “Revised Title!

  1. Hi Megan!

    Ah yes, the title! I know what you mean about avoiding the obscure. I’ve been puzzling over the same thing, so right now my working title is really blah. Every time I go back to it, I keep thinking of titles that include words some people may not know how to pronounce, and that wouldn’t be good!
    By the way, the title you’ve chosen sounds perfect. How is it going with the cover design? I would love to hear how you feel about that part of the process. (Sort of like living vicariously. :))

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    • Hi T.O.!

      The title is a tough one. Sure, lots of great writers have bad titles, but having a great title – especially as a debut author – can really go a long way to help make those sales! Or at least, so I’ve been told. I’m glad you like my final choice! It was actually the suggestion of one of my beta readers, but i think it’s perfect. Hopefully the readers will agree! 🙂

      As for the cover, the process has been going really well, so far, and has been a lot of fun. I received my initial proofs a couple of days ago, and am now waiting to see some changes from the designer. I’m hoping to write a blog post on it next week, so stay tuned!

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      • You must be so excited! I’ll stay tuned, for sure!
        BTW – So sorry, again, for missing your comment on my blog last week! I’m trying to figure out what went wrong … this techie stuff kills me sometimes! I had plans to curl up and write this morning, and now I’m trying to figure out my comment settings. LOL

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