I am useless with titles.
I came up with a pretty good one once . It's a Hard Road Finding the Perfect Woman. I pinched it from an ad for beer.
Now, I have my first three chapters of my completed manuscript polished enough to see my reflection in. I have a pretty decent two page synopsis written and I've a query letter ready to fight to first place in the slush pile. I even have the first preferred publisher picked out, and I don't need an agent to send to them.
So what's holding me back? My book is untitled. I can't for the life of me come up with a title for it. The ones I try out either sound like the title to a cheesy self-help book, or a survival manual. I can't come up with something that really fits. Which has started to really bother me. Because if I can't come up with a great title, maybe that means the book itself hasn't much of a focus. Except I'm pretty sure the book is okay. I'm just lousy with titles.
Now I've noticed most book titles reflect a word or phrase found a couple chapters into the actual story. That's helpful, right? No. Doesn't seem to be any help at all. Nothing is standing out as potential title material. My choices so far have made the book sound like something it isn't.
Maybe that's part of the reason why I'm stuck. I write mainstream stuff. Cross genre stuff. Hard to really define. It's not romance with supernatural undertones. It's not chick-lit, it's not a disaster novel, though there's a pretty big disaster in it. It's almost ‘woman in jeopardy', but there's no dashing hero to bail the poor thing out. Perhaps it's horror, or supernatural suspense, I don't know. To me it's just a good story.
It is a good story. But if I don't name it soon, I might as well throw it away.
Call me officially boggled.