Thursday, October 25, 2012

Novel Title Problems

I'm going to start writing/posting my novel in...  A week!  Eek.

I've been doing research, including watching the movie "Dark Days,"  and reading The Mole People and The Deep Dark, not to mention all of the online material I've gathered on the Torah and Sioux naming traditions.  So far, my notes are 11 pages long and I haven't put in any pornography yet.

In spite of all my preparation, one thing is still bothering me: the title.  When I originally came up with the concept for this novel, I called it A Thousand Secret Sorrows.  I got the name from mishearing a Peter Gabriel song.
The problem with that title is it's painfully close to Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses and Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns.  That's why, in previous posts, I have referred to this novel as A Thousand Sorrows.  Still, I'm not thrilled with the title. 

Here are the titles I'm trying to choose between:
  • A Thousand SorrowsDull but servicable.
  • A Thousand Secret SorrowsWhen I do an audiobook for the novel, I'll have to hire a reader with a speech impediment.
  • A Sister to the Loom, a Brother to Sorrow
    Throw out the original title and go with something new.
  • Pamela Anderson Presents: Matthew's Totally Awesome Book
    Because I'm sure the book would sell a lot more if she was on the cover.
  • Fifty Shades of Nude Sex
    If I'm going to sell out, I might as well really sell out.
What do you think?

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