A writer wants a title that will catch a reader's attention. It has to suit the book. It should give a hint of what the book is about, without being a paragraph long. It has to sound right.
And here we thought we were done our work once we typed THE END.
No no no. From what I hear, if you're lucky enough to land an agent, who in turn gets you a publishing contract, you're not done working yet. You might still have to do some editing and tweaking, and sometimes that includes that pesky title. We do judge books by their covers, after all.
After the first or second or fifth draft of my little novel, I decided on a title. I like it. I think it does everything a title should.
TROUBLE WILL FIND US.
But the original title? The one I first typed into the computer five or six years ago? Back when I thought I was sooooo clever?
Here it is:
HOW TO SMOKE, SWEAR, BAG MATH CLASS, HANG WITH THE BAD BOYS AND GET AWAY WITH IT.
Yeah. Then I changed my mind.