Let’s Talk About This Title, Shall We?

February 11, 2015

I’m bad at titling my work.  I’ll admit it.  I really struggle with coming up with the right title for a story.  Most of the time anyway (I always love it when something clearly presents itself).  And this story was no different.  I had written the whole thing, edited and tweaked, and gotten feedback from my betas and still no title.

Yeah, I was frustrated.  Everything I thought of just didn’t fit.  Or it fit, but it was like the wrong size sweater, and the wool chafed.  I was complaining (read: bitching) about it to a good friend, who also happens to be one of my beta readers.  We went back and forth for a bit until he suggested Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds.

For a second there, all I could do was stare.  And then, all I could do was grin.  Because, honestly, it was rather perfect.  Exactly fitting for the story.  And I was thrilled!

I’ve gotten a few comments about the title since it’s gotten out there.  Mostly along the lines of “I love that title!” which definitely makes me happy.  In fact, the only negative comment I got was from Mom, who wasn’t all that happy with the word porn being in the title (she’s adorably conservative about some things).

But if you read the book, you’ll see just how perfect this title is for the story within.  In the end, I couldn’t call it anything else.  And though I might have to whisper it when there are little ears about, it’s definitely the right title for the story.

Time for you to weigh in.  Answer me this, by 4:30 PM EST, and you’ll have a chance at winning a copy of the book: is a title of a story the thing that draws you in and makes you look twice?  Or do you not care what the heck the book is called, as long as it’s got an intriguing blurb?

8 Responses to “Let’s Talk About This Title, Shall We?”

  1. Waxapplelover says:

    The title is important, but it’s only part of the package – title, cover, blurb. i do like the sound of this title, btw. Certainly very ear-catching. It’s probably awkward introducing yourself, though.

    “Hi. Nice to meet you. So what do you do?”
    “I’m an author.”
    “Oh, really? What have you written?”
    “Maybe you’ve heard of it? Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds?”
    “Pumpkin Rolls and Corn Sounds?”
    “No, not corn, porn. With a ‘p.’”
    “Oh……..ok.” ;)

  2. Angela says:

    The title is definitely one of the things that draws me in. I think for me it’s a combination of cover (the eye likes something nice), the blurb (the mind want’s something to) and the title, and i must say this title has me hooked, it’s very funny and intriguing!

  3. kbeth650 says:

    LOL Waxapplelover! That’s going to have me giggling for a while. Thank you!

  4. kbeth650 says:

    Angela, I’m with you on that. I like the triple threat. If one of those things is off to me, it makes me think twice before buying. And thanks! I’m glad the title did it’s job! :D

  5. H.B. says:

    A bit of both actually. I’ve come across some books where I’ve thought the title sounded great but the blurb just turned me off and books where the total opposite was true.

  6. kbeth650 says:

    Yes, H.B. I agree completely. Especially when the title doesn’t make sense to me.

  7. Juliana says:

    Haha, this title is quite fun! I have been drawn in my a catchy title before & have other times been turned off by a dumb one!

  8. kbeth650 says:

    Thanks Juliana! Yeah, I have to agree with you there.

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