I couldn't sleep last night and Dancing with the Stars was not helping so I rolled out of bed and flipped back on my computer. I was trying to think of a better story to send to a publication and figured I could resurect one of my older ones.
Finally, I pulled up one about my mother-in-law.
That's when I wanted to puke. (No--not because it was about a mother-in-law. Mine is pretty awesome.) It was my title. Had I really called my story Bathroom Etiquette 101? No wonder it still sat in my reject pile. Then I whizzed through some of my other misfits and discovered what a serious problem I have.
My titles stink.
Where do all the great titles like Gone with the Wind, or You've Got Mail come from? Does being a good writer mean I have to think of a great catchy phrase to help sell my story?
I know having a great title can sell a book. I know that from personal experience as a bookseller. Quite often, as I placed my order, I'd glance through the titles and the catchy ones caught my eye first. Then I'd study the cover and read the blurb.
So what's a title-challenged person like me supposed to do?