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terry-odell's picture
Jan.27.2014
  First, a huge thanks to Mag­gie Tou­s­saint for her excel­lent dis­cus­sion of reader/fan con­fer­ences. While she was giv­ing so much of her time respond­ing to com­ments and offer­ing her advice and expe­ri­ence, I was able to...
terry-odell's picture
Jun.06.2013
First – I’m accu­mu­lat­ing more books and they need a good home. I’m going to give a box of them away, but not until I hit 1500 “Likes” on my Face­book Page. If you haven’t already clicked the “Like” but­ton, I hope you’ll take a minute to do so. And if you have, I hope you...
pauline-rowson's picture
May.17.2013
I'm often asked how I come up with titles for my crime novels and the answer is sometimes with great difficulty. However some titles can come instantly, almost the moment the novel hits the page although that is rare. Dead Man's Wharf was one such case. In Dead Man's Wharf, the fourth in the...
barbara-froman's picture
Mar.25.2013
What comes to mind when you see the title Tango? Do you think of the dance? Its melancholy airs of mystery? Its teasing sensuality?  Do you think of its straightforward beat beneath a tune with displaced accents, or syncopation? Before the music begins, and lines are punctuated by silence,...
earl-merkel's picture
Mar.24.2013
Harper Lee meets Lee Child... Lee is the tall one. Which Lee, you'll have to figure out yourself. NOTE:  To call "dibs" on "To Mock A Killing Bird" for your own next-book title, squint at the credits at bottom-left and contact the cartoonist. — Earl Merkel Visit us at: www.earlmerkel.com "...
jennifer-niven's picture
Jul.02.2012
Titles change and so do book covers. For a long time, I’d been calling Velva Jean’s third adventure Velva Jean Learns to Spy. But that book (to be released September 25) is now Becoming Clementine. These decisions aren’t always left up to the author, though we do weigh in. There are many,...
lucinda-blumenfeld's picture
Apr.10.2012
Marketing begins with packaging an immediately accessible concept. Your title is therefore your book’s best (or worst) marketer, and in the digital age of publishing, far more so than the long contested book jacket. If you look at the New York Times Bestsellers list each week, you’ll...
dale-estey's picture
Mar.04.2012
This is a fun list and a daffodil field full of cross pollination. Now, although THE ELEPHANT TALKS TO GOD sounds like the most prosaic of titles, I'm sure - given enough time - I can write the poem to go around it.   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *   12 Famous Book Titles That Come From...
terry-odell's picture
Feb.06.2012
The manuscript for my third Pine Hills Police book is done. At least my part for round one. It's now in the hands of my editor. Because the book is the third in a previously published series, I knew there would be no chance that a traditional publisher would want to pick it up, so it's an...
jennifer-niven's picture
Jan.26.2012
I promised in Tuesday’s post to reveal the new title of the third Velva Jean book. But first a little about the book itself: Velva Jean Hart has taught herself to drive and taught herself to fly, and by 1944, she has earned her wings as a member of the WASP. As her third adventure begins,...