I don’t know about you, but I really need a working title before I start a novel. I’m on the verge of beginning the first draft of a new book, so I was thrilled when I hit upon a perfect title, one that I thought was unique and expressed not only the mood of the novel but exactly what the story is about. (Sorry, but I’m not going to share it with you, as I’m trying to keep my new story idea under wraps.)
Imagine my disappointment when I was browsing blogs the other day and came across mention of an upcoming YA novel with the same title!
This isn’t the first time I’ve had title trouble. My novel FLYAWAY was originally titled BROKEN WINGS, but my publisher asked me to change it because another book had surfaced with the same title. Even though the other book is a paranormal about “dark angels” and mine is a contemporary about a girl’s relationship to her meth-addicted mom, they felt the title duplication would be problematic.
The publisher’s initial suggestion for a new title was FLUTTER, which I honestly wasn’t crazy about. So I was actually relieved when a MG novel called FLUTTER showed up and ruined that plan.
We finally decided on the title FLYAWAY, which I’ve come to love, even though several other books of the same title have released fairly recently, including one by renowned author Lucy Christopher.
So now my dilemma is whether to come up with a new working title or to keep it for now, knowing that the publisher will eventually make me change it anyway.
What do you think? Should I change my title or go with it, at least for now? Have you ever had an experience with title duplication? How did you deal with it?