Monday, November 3, 2014
Sue Grimshaw: Random House: Choosing a Title/New Books/Giveaway!
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Today’s topic, which I hope you’ll find interesting, because it is one of my favorite things to do, is choosing a title. I thought I’d share by example giving you the inside scoop of how we decide on titles for our books.
It may or may not surprise you that there is not a big mystery behind it – at all. Our main concern is that we choose titles that depict the story. Though there are other parameters we feel are necessary in the process as well like --- the titles need to be sexy, indicate a romantic story, indicate a genre and so on ---- it’s not nearly as difficult as you may think.
Let me show you a few examples -- I think sometimes images help explain things better than words, don’t you? Especially when the images are of our Loveswept romance covers
This month we have some really fun new stories –
Wild Nights by Tina Wainscott – Since the book is part of a series, The Justiss Alliance, we wanted the titles to be different but reflect a similarity for branding purposes, to be easily recognizable indicating that it is part of the series: Wild Hearts; Wild on You ; Wild Ways and now, Wild Nights – and the cover works so well with the title, don’t you agree?
For Stacey Kennedy’s next Club Sin book Freed, the title just called out to both the author and I – the story is about allowing yourself to love again and this title seemed to fit the story perfectly.
Debut Regina Cole launches her first Flirt romance in her Sinful Skin series, Draw Me In – since the hero and heroine love art and both work at a tattoo shop we thought the title was a no brainer complimenting the cover image.
A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise was a title that took a little bit of brainstorming. Maggie and I started with Mistletoe Promise but realized quickly that it was only a working title. A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise is the second book in the Whisper Creek series which includes a very strong western theme, and cowboys! Nice title revision, don’t you think – and I adore this cover:
Although I’m only highlighting a few of our November releases be sure to check out these authors stories too – I know you’ll not want to miss these heartfelt stories:
Want It by Jennifer Chance
Until You Find Me by Amber Hart
What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara
A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson
Sue Grimshaw ∙ Category Specialist & Editor at Large - Penguin | Random House Publishing Group | BBD - Loveswept, Flirt
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