A working title
October 18th, 2015
I like to have a really good title before I start writing a book. It doesn’t always happen – with Path of Beasts I was more than halfway through the book before I got the title (which was suggested by my US publisher). But if at all possible, I want it sitting at the very top of all my files before I write a word.
It keeps me focused. Helps me remember what I love about the book. Makes it all seem possible.
Sometimes I end up with a working title that gets changed before the book comes out. My working title for Ice Breaker was [trumpet fanfare] Frozen. Oops. Just as well the publishers didn’t like it, or there would be some awfully confused kids around. The working title for Sunker’s Deep was Claw, which I still rather like. But I like Sunker’s Deep better.
I’ve been struggling with the title for the first book in the new series. (The series itself is called ‘The Lost Brothers series’, which I rather like. It might change – in fact I had a brilliant idea for it in the middle of the night a couple of nights ago, but didn’t write it down, so I’ve no idea what it was. 🙁 I’ve been telling myself ever since that it probably wouldn’t have looked quite so brilliant in daylight.)
At the beginning of the week I at last found a working title. Tanglefoot. I’m not sure about it yet, but it’ll do for now (which means it’ll probably get changed at some stage). Here are some of the other possibilities:
The Ghost Wind
The Honourable Traders
The Assassin’s Child
The Lost Girl
The Wind’s Child
If you have an opinion, I’d like to hear it.
A couple of other good things happened this week. I saw the American cover for The Hidden #2: Sunker’s Deep. This will come out in the US/Canada next August.
I saw the Australian/NZ cover for The Hidden #3: Fetcher’s Song, which will come out in early January.
And I found a stunning illustration of Broo, from the Keepers trilogy, on Instagram, drawn by an artist called Molly K. You can find her Facebook page here.