Girls Write Out
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

People always ask me what is my favorite part of writing or the least favorite. I love everything about the writing process: research, creation, editing. I squeal when I see a new cover. Everything is so exciting! Well, except for one part: titles. I STINK at titles. I am always asking the girls for help and even then it's hard to pick. For one thing, I know the title is huge. In most stores, the spine is all the buyer sees. When I'm browsing for a book, I'm looking for either a title that grabs me or a name I know and love. I pull it out, glance at the cover, then read the back. So to me, the title is the most important thing to pick right.

I'm really proud of myself because I came up with The Lightkeeper's Daughter all by myself. Same with The LIghtkeeper's Bride which is coming out in October. Lonestar Homecoming was titled by my editor and it was sooo appropriate. The 3rd book in the Mercy Falls series has been a real booger to title though. We wanted to keep the word Lightkeeper in it to tie in with the rest of the books in the series. Olivia is from established wealth. She's thrown overboard off shore Mercy Falls and the lightkeeper and his wife take her in. So we came up with The Lightkeeper's Guest. What do you think? Would you pick up that title or should we go back to the drawing board? Incidentally, Denise rocks at titles. This one is hers. LOL

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Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:37 AM  
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At 9:46 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Hmmmm ... I don't know if it grabs me. It's true to the series titles though so maybe I just need a cup of coffee to wake me up! :)

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

How about "The Lightkeeper's Visitor?"

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

LOL valerie! That's one my publisher liked and I didn't. I didn't like the way it rolled off the tongue.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Barb said...

It doesn't grab me, either, but I couldn't find any better ones when I looked at synonyms for guest.

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

I thought of "The Lightkeeper's Visitor" too but agree with you, Colleen.
How 'bout:

"The Lightkeeper's Lady"
"The Lightkeeper's Lass"
"The Lightkeeper's Girl That He Rescued from the Sea One Night"

... ok - need more coffee ...

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

the problem is the lightkeeper isn't the hero! LOL

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Heather said...

That's tough one! I've thought of the Lightkeeper's Caller, Arrival, or Redeemed. Whatever you choose, it'll be one I'll be getting to read.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Ok then "The Lightkeeper's a Loser"

... now I've had too much coffee.

Ditto what Heather said - either way I'll be buying it and reading it and drinking in every twist and turn!

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Julie said...

Titles are tough for me too - so I'm not much help. But Jamie's suggestion of "The Lightkeeper's a Loser" made me laugh.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Either that or The Lightkeeper's Legacy. But that would depend on the story. If the lightkeeper passed on some wonderful wisdom or whatever, changing the girl's life, then that's a legacy. But I like guest, too! :)

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

Given that part of the goal is to identify it with the series, it is fine, but as a title by itself it doesn't do much for me. The Lightkeeper's Daughter and The Lightkeeper's Bride work well because we don't normally think of a lightkeeper in that light, but everyone has a guest from time to time. It almost sounds like a children's book about a child visiting a lighthouse. How about The Lightkeeper's Interloper or The Lightkeeper's Sojourner. The first would add conflict to the title, but it that doesn't fit the story, at least the second would give the title a little more maturity.

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Barb said...

How about The Lightkeeper's Shadow, meaning the influence he has in the lives of others.

At 6:07 PM, Blogger jel said...

"The Lightkeeper's Saving Grace"

just a thought :)

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Beverly said...

Sorry Colleen, it doesn't grab me either. Without knowing the the story.... how about The Lightkeeper's Treasure? (Kind of like sunken treasure, since girl may think that she is valuable because she is wealthy but finds her true value through the relationships with the lightkeeper and his wife?)

Good luck!!

How is Diann doing???

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Heather said...

What about The Lightkeeper's Lost Treasure?

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Thanks for the input, friends. The problem is the LIghtkeeper isn't the main character. Sigh. It's tough, isn't it?

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

What about The Lightkeeper's sister? What do you think?

At 11:43 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I like it. It follows the titles of the first two books. Hope you're able to figure it out soon!

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

I definitely like the Lightkeeper's Sister! It helps to set the reader's expectations too and sort of defines the lightkeeper's role in the story.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Lighthouse Keepers Guest? No. I don't like Visitor either.

Friend? Wayfarer? I'm not sure, but Guest/Visitor sounds so perfunctory.

I am okay with titles. Isn't Kristin like... the Queen of titles? Denise too?

I come up with every other one. I picked Sweet Caroline and Dining With Joy, but my editor picked Love Starts With Elle. ;)

I chose Diva Nashvegas because the publisher first picked Lost In Nashvegas.

Okay, I won't go on, giving you the history of each title. Ha!

Here's to finding the perfect title for your new book!

See you tomorrow, C!

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Wait... Sister? Isn't this a romance? Lighthouse Keeper's Sister doesn't speak to the romance. At least not the right one. ;P

I like Sojourner.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

How about "The LIghtkeeper's Caller?" or "The Lightkeeper's Castaway?"

At 1:10 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

I don't know if it goes with your story line or not, but I like the suggestion of The Lightkeepers Castaway. It's intriguing. :)

Good luck!

At 9:26 AM, Blogger adge said...

I like the Lightkeeper's Guest.


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