Today, I am delighted to welcome award winning author, Jan Sikes, to Robbie’s Inspiration to discuss the importance to book titles and tell us about her new book, Ghostly Interference.
Hi, Robbie. Thank you for inviting me to your blog today to showcase my new book release. I sincerely appreciate your support and generosity!
Let’s talk about book titles. There are so many things to consider when you give your book a name, and I’m going to talk about some critical aspects.
First and foremost, your book title is a promise to the reader and needs to relate to the book’s subject. We’ve talked about this before with book covers, and the same principles apply to the title. For example, you wouldn’t want to have a sweet, sappy book title for a horror story. That is unless you wanted to show a stark contrast. Of course, with every rule, there are exceptions.
When I wrote Ghostly Interference, my working title was When Two Worlds Collide.
That describes the story perfectly from the first page to the last. An old Roger Miller song by that title depicts the difficulty of joining two opposite worlds…” Your world is made up of things sweet and good. My world could never fit in. Lord, I wish it could…”
So, why didn’t I publish under that title?
When The Wild Rose Press picked up the story and gave me a contract, the first change they insisted on was the title.
They gave the reason that there were too many of the same titles already in publication, making it more difficult to market. You can look at your book like a seashell in a vast ocean with other seashells. And, when it comes to marketing, how are you going to get your seashell noticed?
The simple answer is it has to be different in some way. In other words, it needs to stand out.
Even though I hated to let go of my working title, I understood, after eight years of marketing self-published work, the importance of having something unique.
So, after going back and forth with several different suggestions, the team and I all decided on “Ghostly Interference,” of which there were zero on Amazon. And, it does define a large part of the story.
Sam Jett’s ghost is determined to help his sister, Rena, open up to and find love. He does interfere in many ways. I’d love to hear from you about your process for naming your books. Do you take into consideration how many are already out there by researching on Amazon? Do you make sure it accurately reflects the content of the book? Let’s talk about it!
Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.
Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?
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