Jennifer talks about titles...
Normally, I try to talk about what I think I’ve done well. This time, I’m going to talk about a mistake I think I’ve made. Specifically, regarding a title.
My titles are suggested by me and so far, I haven’t had an editor who’s asked for a title change. That could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it, but in this specific case, with The Seduction of Esther, I think it’s bad.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the title. However, it’s misleading on a couple of levels. First of all “Esther” is not the name of the heroine. I can’t tell you the number of times people have made that mistake and at this point, I have to admit that the mistake is my own. I came up with the title because my story incorporates the Jewish holiday of Purim. The heroine of THAT story is Esther. I wanted to convey the Judaic piece of the story, so I gave it that name.
The second mistake with the title is that it sounds erotic. My book has sex in it, but it’s not erotic. That mistake may be less of a problem as I think it does make more people take a look at it, but all the same, you don’t get a feel for my book by the title.
I’ve tried to learn from my mistake and in the future, my titles will be much more appropriate for the entire story, rather than just a piece of it. But maybe titles don’t matter to readers?
What do you think?