I’ve been having trouble coming up with a topic to blog about. No, that’s not true. I’ve had plenty of ideas. I thought about blogging about agents—but then I realized I’ve done that several times (Agents1, Agents2 ,). Then I decided I’d write about titles. Oops, done that. (Titles Blog 1, Titles Blog2 ) Goal setting? Not only have I done that ( Goals Blog 1 and Goals2 ), others are currently doing it.
Finally, I decided to write about why I picked those topics at this time.
A writer contacted me about an agent. Privately we shared information regarding our experiences. I’ve always told writers to check Writers Beware( Writers Beware re Agents )but problems with agents and publishers aren’t always reported. When considering a publisher or an agent, a free-lance editor, or a cover designer, we need to share information, if not publically, privately. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK OTHER WRITERS.
At a meeting that I recently attended, a writer shared her concern about the title for her work-in-progress. The advice from the group was that she shouldn’t worry about the title at this stage, that something in the story would probably suggest a title before she was ready to submit it to anyone. I agree. I have learned to look at my story titles as temporary working titles. For years, when I was published by Harlequin and Silhouette my submitted titles were always changed. The reason given was usually that marketing thought the new title would do better than what I’d picked. (A couple times I think marketing was crazy and my sales—or rather lack of—confirmed that.)
I’ve now learned to at least check and see how many other books are listed on Amazon with the title I think I want to use and who wrote those books. Titles may not be copyrighted, but I don’t want someone searching for my book and ending up with another author’s book. DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH A TITLE.
This is the time of the year when we tend to set goals. We see January as a new start. That’s good. But remember to set realistic goals. Small steps that you can achieve. DON’T SET YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE.
In the comments section below, tell me one (1) thing you think you’ll achieve in 2017. Just one thing. One step.