I finished the heavy revisions on Zane two weeks ago, and then put it aside and let it sit so I could get some distance from it. Today I read the book first to last page and was surprised at how well the manuscript held up. The plot is there, the characters, the conflict. It read fast paced, emotional and held my interest. I do plan on layering just a touch more of my heroine’s interior conflict, since that seemed a bit thin to me. Plus, I still want to do one last pass for polishing and thinning, however, the book is very close to being done and ready for submissions.
My query is finished, and from the feedback I got through the Great Expectations contest—very, very strong. All three judges mentioned that they thought it had everything it needed and was perfect the way it written, so no work left to do there. My synopsis is finished too, although I still need to do some smoothing and polishing.
Another two weeks and I’ll be ready to send Zane out into the hard, cold publishing world.
And that, unfortunately, is my current problem. I am ready to submit. But I have no title. Or at least no *good* title. I’ve been calling the books Zane’s War- but I really don’t like it. I want something snappy, something snazzy, something that will catch agent and editor attention.
So I’ve been brainstorming titles, goggling combinations of words in regard to songs, in the hope something catchy might jump out at me. But nothing has to date. And I’m running out of time.
So I’m curious how the rest of you find your titles, do you have any tricks- any places you go that you find strong titles. I could really use some help here, because I only have two weeks to come up with something better than Zane’s War.
Any ideas? Suggestions?