In a Quandary

Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER






For the last two days, I was one with my sofa, unable to do any work due to a monster cold that made it impossible to read a computer screen without my eyes burning and tearing. Throbbing headache. General malaise. You know the kind.

These unplanned days off gave me time to think. However, since it was a Benadryl-induced haze, I come out of it today unsure whether my thoughts are valid or just rubbish.

So I decided to ask you, dear readers.

The working title of The Bibliophiles: Book Two is How Long 'Til My Soul Gets It Right?

Here is a synopsis.

Catherine Elbert has never been good at making decisions, whether it was choosing ice cream as a small child or figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. The only thing Catherine was certain of was leaving her family’s farm in Burkesville, Wisconsin, as soon as possible after high school graduation. Join Catherine as she bounces across the United States, from the rocky Atlantic shore to the glimmering golden beaches of California, in search of her true self.

How Long 'Til My Soul Gets It Right?

Emotionally, I love this title and think it sums up Catherine wonderfully. However, the marketing side of me wonders if it is too long and not catchy enough. What do you think?

Thank you in advance for your input.

Clip art courtesy of DivaWhispers.

Comments

gaylene said…
I like it only because it's part of the lyrics to one of my favorite indigo girls' songs, "Galileo"
But you're right that it might be too long? I love the title to your first book. It's simple and a little mysterious, which draws me in.
Kiersi said…
The fact that it's clearly a play on a lyric from a song is what makes me think it's not a very good title. You might be opening yourself up to a lawsuit, and you're relying on an existing work (the Indigo Girls song) to give the title its "oomph." I'm sure you can come up with an original title with more emotional impact.

I know how you feel, though. I've been struggling with titles myself for some time now. Just remember that the first thing you come up with will probably not be your final product. When your WIP is finished, come back to it and perhaps you'll find a key line in your book doubling as a much better title.
Kelly Hashway said…
What if you shorten it to 'Till My Soul Gets It Right?
Janel said…
I was just going to suggest the same thing as Kelly!
angel011 said…
'Till My Soul Gets It Right sounds good to me, and has something similar to A Whisper to a Scream (I'm not sure what exactly), which is good for the book two.
BECKY said…
Hey, I loved it, and didn't even know it was lyrics! So, yes, maybe the shorter version might be better. I do love what it says.
R. Doug Wicker said…
If this is Christian fiction, then you're on the right track. If it isn't, you're going to disappoint those looking for such works while at the same time limiting your book's marketability to others.

In the latter case, how about something along the lines of, "The Search for Self," or, "Capturing Catherine."

Just an idea or two.
Anonymous said…
I wouldn't worry about it sounding too Christian. I think souls are a widely accepted idea. I would worry about the association with the song lyrics. Personally I would not want people to inadvertently think of that song everytime they read my book title. The shortened version sounds cute. You might want to try picking nouns you might associate with the story. I mean like that children's book " Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie." It's catchy and gives you a glance at the story.
Thank you so much for all of your comments. I will be working on this and reveal the title soon.

I really appreciate your opinions. :)
Leah Griffith said…
I guess I would steer away from it if it's the lyrics of a song. You could go really simple like, Soul Tripping. It's amazing what a two day lay-over will do to a writer.
I was considering revising my title Cosette's Tribe, but after much thought and consideration I decided I loved the title just as it was.
Good luck my lady. I can't wait to see what you choose!
I'm so glad that you're feeling better;)
Thanks, Leah, for your opinion and your health wishes. Damn colds, they hit you harder than you think. It is a dangerous thing, all of that free time in a Benadryl haze. :)

I think you are correct. "Cosette's Tribe" is perfect.
Liminal Fiction said…
Is the book in first person? If it's told in third person, you may want to consider making the title third person? Or perhaps just two words you feel describe Catherine, adjective and noun? Sorry I don't have a specific title to suggest. Good luck and I hope you feel better.
Claudine G. said…
Kelly's suggestion sounds good. :) Someone mentioned POV (in the title), that's great advice, too!

Sorry to hear you've been sick. I know what you mean. Hate that the headaches haven't let me read and write as much as I'd wanted, too ...
Beverly Diehl said…
Greetings, Karen, hope you're feeling better.

I actually like the full length version. And since Catherine is an actress (or wanna be actress), it suits her to be borrowing other people's words.

I think it was/is gospel before it was Indigo Girls.

I believe as far as song lyrics, titles and copyrights go, despite SGK's attempt to grab short phrases like "for the Cure" that very short phrases can't be copyrighted. (I could be mistaken.)

Feel better soon!
Thanks much, Claudine and Beverly!
Cleveland said…
Hi Karen
Hope you are feeling better now. I've been busy. Long story there.
About your title, I stumble over the word 'gets' for some strange reason. Blame semantics. You are right to play around with the title.

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