The title of my book has been A Happy Armageddon for as long as I can remember. I like it. Even though Ben Affleck almost ruined it for me and The Guardian sort of made fun of it, I think it still works. I like the sounds of the words together and how they look on paper. Most importantly, the title makes sense given the plot -- it warns the reader of the bad inside while leaving hope for the good. So I'm sad that I have to change this title. But I think it's best we go our separate ways.
Over the past few years, I've submitted my book -- as A Happy Armageddon -- to agents and publishers, and those agents and publishers rejected it. And for good reason: my book was bad. Since then, my book has been completely re-written and over a year has passed. But time alone does not heal. To even stand a chance with any of these agents and publishers again, my new book will require a new title, too.
Some writers believe a title cannot be judged until a book is read, but I don't think that's true at all. In fact, when I'm in one of my impulse-shopping moods, I regularly buy books based on the title alone.
It's no easy feat to name a novel and -- as that Guardian article hilariously demonstrates -- marketing, unfortunately, must be taken into consideration. So here are the titles I have going right now (+ my current self-published cover design fantasy). Which book would you be more likely to pick up in a book shop?
my former favourite (red spellcheck squiggle included)
my current favourite
I sure hope you read that article...
(And yes, I know my name is up here now.)