Names and titles are on our mind today because we just received an e-mail from a fellow saying he was buying The Atheist’s Daughter because of its cover, the reviews – and its title. This is the first and only time anyone has said they’re more interested in our book because of its name. Most often, we hear about the people who won’t buy the book because of its moniker.
Because of the e-mail, we went to our own bookshelf, in search of books we’d bought largely or solely because of their titles. In the line of volumes that seem religious based on name alone, there’s God is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself, which we wanted on our bookshelf just because of the name. We don’t own (but did read, once upon a time) Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret and we’re tempted to pick up Chuck Palahniuk’s Damned (a YA satire, which proudly pronounces, "Are You There, Satan? It’s Me, Madison").
Of our own titles, we love Daughter, After Things Went Bad, and Frankenstein, P.I.
We like Bill Shakespeare’s Next Big Mistake and Wicked Games.
We wish we’d been a little more inventive with Something Wicked (since SO MANY other people used the title or a close variation of the same) and, if we had to do it all over again, we might have done something different with Aly’s Luck. The title doesn’t really tell you anything about the novel or its story. As of this moment, used copies are going for a penny plus shipping.
On the other hand? Renée is completing a new cover that will reflect the novel’s contents very nicely and we’ve recently received some good news about our science fiction opus. We'll share much in the days to come. Meanwhile, if you want to enjoy a few minutes with a bunch of famous book titles, you could do worse than to pick up Now All We Need is a Title: Famous Book Titles and How They Got That Way. As of this moment, used copies are going for a penny plus shipping.