I’ve always had a lot of respect for writers. However, I have a new-found respect for writers who put all the responsibly on their own shoulders and go the self-publishing route.
I mean, the list of responsibilities are endless and I have only scratched the surface of what needs to be done in terms of writing a book.
Take, for instance, coming up with the ideal and perfect title for the book. When I first started on this journey to write a book, I thought the name of the book was one thing less I had to worry about. In my mind, the title was carved in stone. It was what I had been referring the book to in my head for several months. It felt perfect! It felt right!
However, one evening last week, the title I had chosen was written off completely. And it all came about with the simple typing of the words, a few clicks of the mouse, and a google search. Right there and then, my dreams of having a book called ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ vanished into thin air. There was a movie [with the same name] released in 1997, a blog with the same phrase as a title, and tons of books sporting the same chain of words on their covers [its true – just do a title search on goodreads.]
It sucked, big time! It was disappointing, but at least I found sooner rather than later [when the book was published.]
I decided to take a step back and I quickly realized that….
it was back to the drawing board.
After coming up with several more words and word combinations, I put a damper on them all. None of them felt appropriate. None of the felt like ‘the one’! They didn’t indicate that message, that effect that I was looking for.
However, I was determined not to give up and the search for those perfect words continued forward.
And I think I have now found the a title that I am happy with. 99.9% that is!
I am sorry to leave you hanging but I will tell you the name of my book as soon as I am 100% certain about everything. [A little hint – its nickname is now ‘The I.D.’] And this time I am going to do my research before anything is carved in stone!
So, I guess the moral of my rambling is what sometimes seems perfect is not. And do your homework beforehand when it comes to something as big as a book title.
[More about my feelings about the overall process in a post coming soon when the first draft is completed. However, if you would like to read more about my book, click here.]