Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Deciding On a Title For My Book

Deciding on a title is often difficult for me. An earlier release with Champagne Books, Investment of the Heart, was called The Engagement for the longest. I didn’t like it and pondered for a long time until something struck my fancy. Actually, it came from my heroine's internal dialogue.

My heroine, Hallie Barron is a savvy business woman. She invested the money her late father and husband left her and is now well off financially. Yet she’s afraid to invest in a love relationship for fear she’ll be hurt again.

When she decides to take the plunge and commit, she sees it as an Investment of the Heart.

This title didn't come to me until three-fourths through the book.

What about you? How do you come up with the titles for your book? Have you ever read a book and when you finished scratched your head trying to decide where the title came from? I have but not often. Please share your ideas.

Here is the tag line and a blurb for Investment Of The Heart.

Taking the chance to love again can be the most courageous investment a heart can make.

Widow Hallie Barron wants to see her daughter happily married to a young rancher, raise her son, and continue with her uncomplicated existence. When Simon Cole enters her life, her heart and body remind her she’s a woman. She yearns for a love like she once had, but she fears putting her heart at risk.

Due to his conniving ex sister-in-law, Simon Cole is prejudiced against city women and doesn’t believe they belong on a working ranch. He’s set to prove his nephew’s fiancĂ© is a mistake. Yet when he meets the young woman’s mother, he finds himself wishing there was a place for her in his life.

The book trailer is available on Utube and on my website.

Please visit my website at www.lindalaroque.com/ where I’ve posted the full first chapters of my current releases and my blog, Linda’s Musings, at http://lindalaroqueauthor.blogspot.com/

Thanks for Reading!

Linda LaRoque

Writing Romance with a Twist in Time



Joe said...

Titles are always difficult, and I think most writers struggle with them. I think INVESTMENT OF THE HEART is a suitable title to describe your heroine's general state of mind.

The method I used was to come up with my title for my first novel was to think of recurring plot motifs: my MC had lost her sister to suicide and missed her terribly. Her sister had previously saved her life by catching her before she fell down a cave-like hole. Her best friend abandons her, a scary man is terrorising her, and she feels alone.

I kind of knitted these together and came up with FALLING OUT OF REACH. Which I'm quite happy with, and so is my agent. But like you, it didn't come to me till late in the day.

I agree that titles are all important. I blogged about it yesterday!

Anonymous said...

Titles are the number two contributor to impulse buys. Rarely is the first title I come up with the one that goes to print. I run a contest and solicit input from 900 newsletter participates to choose their favorite from a list of 4 or 5 possibilities.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2011)

January Bain said...

Titles are a HUGE consideratin as, like Mike says, they contribute to important impulse buys. And you have to sum up so much in such a few words! It's a challenge and a gamble for authors, though Investment of the Heart sounds perfect, Linda!

Rhobin said...

Sometimes I start with a title and can't let go, even when it just isn't quite right. I'd like to know the trick of the perfect title.

Linda LaRoque said...

Joe, I love the title and all the symbolism used to come up with it. Sounds like your readers will be able to determine where your reasoning.

Linda LaRoque said...

Well, I didn't realize titles led to impulse buys, but it makes sense. Great idea on the contest, BM!

Linda LaRoque said...

That's it, January, summing up, though sometimes like with Joe it can be symbolism.

Linda LaRoque said...

So true, Rhobin. I have a working title for my WIP now that is Birdie's Nest. I love it and hope I can keep it.

Linda Rettstatt said...

Many of my books have begun with the title. But with my story, Reinventing Christmas, the original 'working' title was The Holiday Spirit. Eh, left me kind of cold. Then three-fourths of the way through the book, Brady does something to give M.J. the Christmas she missed and there it was--Reinventing Christmas. I just love working with titles.

linda_rettstatt said...

I love working with titles. Many of my books have begun just with a title. when I wrote Reinventing Christmas, the 'working' title was The Holiday Spirit, but that left me feeling kind of blah. Three-fourths of the way through the book, Brady does something for M.J. to give her the Christmas she missed and there it was--the real title.