I will be releasing my debut novel in a few short weeks on Amazon, and it’s time to have the big title reveal. I’ve waited for a while until I was closer to publication, but my team is almost ready for the release, so now’s the time.
How is a title developed? In my case, very painfully. Since I’ve rediscovered romantic fiction in the past few years, I read a lot of book with horrible titles, and Harlequin, bless their hearts, are the worst offenders. I swear many of their titles are generated with a simple algorithm: The _____________ (insert noun of male hero here) _____ (Insert verb meaning to acquire) His __________ (insert noun of female hero here). The Billionaire Gets His Bride. The Millionaire Takes His Secretary. The Rogue Captures The Runaway. Yes, I’m making these up, but have you looked at some of their real titles? They are like a bad SNL skit.
I am not poking fun at the authors who work with Harlequin, because I know they don’t control the title of their work, but come on. Surely the editors at Harlequin can do better.
So I tried to stay away from that style title, but early on I couldn’t focus. I even had a cover before I had a title, but more about that when I do the big cover reveal this week. I’ve had a cover since September. Here are some of the ideas I struggled with.
- I liked Mistaken Identity, but the focus of the book changed from how i originally conceived it, so this title no longer worked.
- For a long time I used A Corporate Affair, because at its essence, the book was about an office romance gone wrong. But affair seemed dated, right up there with the term mistress. I briefly tried Corporate Hookup, but that seemed like it was trying to be too hip.
- The next title I tried for a few weeks was grounded in accounting terms (that should have warned me off right there): A Strategic Alliance. There were so many things wrong with that title that I moved on fairly quickly. It conjured too many visions of WWII Axis and Allies.
I was getting closer to having a final book, but still had no final title. In December, I finally found my gem.
My characters Fox and Laura meet in what they both expected to be a one-night stand, but there were complications. Late in the book, Laura reminds Fox, “Remember, what I said in Vegas. No strings. That hasn’t changed.” There it was. The title is…. Wait for it….
No Strings Attached
The title captures the essence…So, here’s a teaser for you…
After an explosive Vegas weekend, can Fox and Laura survive a trip back to the real world, where suspicions and misunderstandings lurk behind every corner? He’s her new boss and she’s accused of embezzling funds. Will their no-strings-attached affair become a tangled web of deceit, or can they build a solid foundation for a real romance?
I can’t wait to show off my cover tomorrow! Make sure and check back.