by Tamela Hancock Murray
When an agent or her assistant tackles the email slush pile, she sees one subject line after another written by authors vying for attention. Some lines describe the book category, while others make a claim about the author himself. But most include the book’s title. I tell authors not to get attached to titles because all too often, they are changed somewhere between the time the editor takes the proposal to Committee and when the book goes to press. However, putting thought into the title at the proposal stage will help orient us to the book and a really catchy title might excite us enough to open your email proposal right away. Who wants to read a boring book?
Consider these fiction titles:
Rodeo Sweetheart by Besty St. Amant
The Guy I’m Not Dating by Trish Perry
Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum
These titles made me smile and want to learn more.