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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:02 am

Yeah, gruesome but not gross. Most people overdo it with sharp teeth coated in blood. This is just perfect.
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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:12 pm

These are all fabulous. I'm okay in Photoshop but I've never tried to create a cover or banner or anything. Hm. Probably because I never title my manuscripts, haha. Okay, that's a lie. I have a couple titles, but comparatively speaking... number of titles versus manuscripts? No good. I wish I could think of brilliant titles for my projects right off the bat...

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:17 pm

Oh well why don't you throw out some key words that describe some of your manuscripts and we'll try and work something out (even if its just for fun) - i did this on another forum, and although i didn't use the suggestions, part of one gave me the idea for my ms. I'm the same with the whole titling of things, i think its my commitment issues showing Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:12 pm

I'm just going to throw this out -- I'll make covers for anybody who wants me to. Smile

I made another cover:


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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:58 pm

*As jealous as Lapillus*

Think I'll see if there's someone who offers photoshop classes. All I know is picture cropping.
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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:23 am

Well, like I said once before, I don't use Photoshop. I use Lunapic online (www.lunapic.com). It's WAY easier and it's free. You should check it out.

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:14 am

Well I have nothing like a title (partially because I believe if I get my book published, the publisher will change it on me! So I don't want to fall in love with one Smile)

But I do need a hand on a decent working title! My book is a YA urban fantasy that is mainly about the Wild Hunt (folklore: it's a host of dead souls that rides across the sky during thunderstorms with horses & dogs, hunting down the souls that are sticking around). . . but there is some falling in love with the leader of the Hunt (who happens to be 17 eternally). . . eventually (originally he's a bit of an a**) and some potential doom from the Hunt itself from our heroine. It is set in modern-day Ontario though.

I'm currently calling it "YA Wild Hunt Novel". I can do better! I was thinking "_________ of the Hunt" or "The Hunter's ____________". Any suggestions like that or differently? (And yeah, I know it's a bit difficult since you haven't read the story!)
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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:09 pm

I don't know how to help you on that one, psyche. It takes me forever to come up with my own titles.

(I love your icon, by the way.)

I made another cover:


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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:13 am

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Well I have nothing like a title (partially because I believe if I get my book published, the publisher will change it on me! So I don't want to fall in love with one Smile)

Too right, Psyche! That's why I don't even bither with working titles any more. When my first novel was published, the publisher changed my title, and it was quite a trauma (when youlve thought of your baby with a certain name for all those months or years!). Now I know it will only get changed by the marketing team, anyway - so I leave them to do their job.

It's a bit different when you are still at the stage of submitting to agents or publishers,. though,. Yes, it may in most cases end up being changed, but in the meantime it is one of the tools in your armoury for attracting their interest. A snappy, eye-catching title - one that alreday fios the book and will market well - can only be a plus point.

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:44 am

Hmmmmm

Heart of the Hunt

The hunt of the lost

The Devil of the hunt

The Riders of the wild hunt

I don't know if there any good?

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Sun May 10, 2009 6:13 am

I made a cover for my non existant WIP's sequel Laughing



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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Sun May 10, 2009 5:19 pm

Oh that's awesome Emily!

:/ I've had about three different titles for my WIP, but then I realized that I should probably just pick a title once I finish it, that way it fits the novel more. I want it to actually say something about the novel and make sense. xD
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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Sun May 24, 2009 9:04 pm

^ Well, yeah, that's a decent quality in a title. Laughing

I have an entire file on my laptop of titles that have no stories. And I keep refusing to let myself go through the file for fear of getting sucked into one of those not-yet-written stories. It's kind of annoying.

I think my favorite is The King and the Pawn. No clue what it's about, no clue if I'll ever write it--but the title is stuck up in my head, you know?

I think the reason I can't stop thinking about it is because of the quote I pulled it from:

"When the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box."

Anybody else have any interesting, random titles?

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Mon May 25, 2009 9:26 am

Novel, I don't do titles, but I randomly come up with those paragraphs that are on the backs of books - blurbs? Those, anyway Smile

I don't usually write them down, though. It'll just be something I think of while I'm walking through town to get my lunch, or something.

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Mon May 25, 2009 11:17 am

The title of my book is Devil May Care. I don't usually come up with covers though. I'm not very good at it. I've tried but they always come out unimagitive and uninteresting.
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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Tue May 26, 2009 10:16 pm

I made up this cover for my ghost story--Lovely Dreams because I was bored one day.

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:29 am

Gobble, i've said this before but i'll say it again, - that is a beautiful cover and i especially love the writing style¬!!

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:16 pm

@Novel: I have a file of titles, too! But I've realized that whenever I go through it, I wind up picking a title that doesn't fit the novel as much as if I just picked out a title specifically for that novel on the spot. It makes me so sad. Occasionally I do it for short stories though, or things I kind of don't care about. ^_^;
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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:47 am

I have a couple more covers I've created. I got a 30 day trial of a program called Lightroom which I love and wish I had the 300 dollars in order to keep it. But, I'm editing pictures like crazy and having fun doing it. So, I decided to use this time with the program to create some story covers. Smile

These are the two titles/covers for now of my Catherine Jameson trilogy. I am still working on the third cover.



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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:05 pm

Those are so good, Gobble! Maybe i should try that program too...
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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:03 am

Please can anyone help with title ideas for my new novel?

It's about a woman who, divorced and with her kids grown up, moves to the Cevennes mountains in France to set up a home furnishings business - curtains and upholstering and also making tapestries, which is really her favourite thing... The book is about her gradual accommodation to the life there and the way she becomes part of the tiny community (the economy there is based on sheep and goat farming). There is also a love story, which is complicated when her sister arrives to stay and ends up in bed with the love interest. (The old, old story: girl meets boy, boy sh*gs girl's sister...). It's about landscape and the artist's eye (the tapestries) and about journeys, and community and what home is, and about death and loss (her mother dies near the end of the book and she goes home for the funeral, and that's when she has to make her decision about going back or not; and there is another death in the local community, too), and about mothers and daughters (as all my books seem to be), and sisters' rivalries, and also ultimately about the difficulty of opening up to another person (in a relationship) when you are 50 rather than 20 and have become sort of self-contained.

And there are an awful lot of sheep in it.

The MC is called Catherine and her sister is Bryony. The bloke is Patrick Castagnol. Catherine's house is called Les Fenils (the haylofts) and the hamlet is La Grelaudiere. The local town is called St Julien, and a running motif is her renovation of an old processional banner belonging to the local church - of St Julien l'hopitalier, with some lepers. Saints and sinners (and redemption) and lepers and outcasts (and community and belonging) also feature in the book as running themes. And wild boar. And bee-keeping/bees/honey. And did I mention the sheep?

My jokey title is 'Cevennes Sisters' (geddit?) but that's a but too light and silly for the book (Plus nobody will have heard of the Cevennes). My own title in my head is 'The Transhumance' (the bi-annual journey of the sheep to the mountain tops and back, which features large in the book and also kind of represents Catherine's journey - between wildness and risk, and safety/familiarity, blah blah...) - but that's far too pretentious and lit'ry and no one would know what that means either, and I know my editor will never go for it. I have toyed with just plain 'Tapestry', but it's a bit bland and boring.

Any ideas very gratefully received!

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:19 am

Well, I too think that tapestry is a good word to work with but try some synonyms of tapestry. Like curtains or upholstery. I looked up curtains in french and it is "rideaux". I don't know if you'd want to look up some words that go with the story and instead of English use French words?

Or maybe something along the lines that Catherine likes making curtains and tapestries and stuff as a metaphor in the title. Like how she is having a hard time coming to terms with opening herself up like if you like your curtains closed all the time and never want the sunlight to shine through the window.

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:55 am

Thanks, Gobble. I can't see the publisher going with any French words in the title unless they are REALLY well-known. But the idea of drawn curtains or something similar is interesting. Ta!

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:38 pm

Tapestry - hmmmm. . . .

Quote :
It is composed of two sets of interlaced threads, those running parallel to the length (called the warp) and those parallel to the width (called the weft); the warp threads are set up under tension on a loom, and the weft thread is passed back and forth across part or all of the warps.

I think if you could tie tapestry in with sisters or the lives of the people in community it would be a good title.

or even if as a image - you had two womens face, juxtaposed but with a tapesty affect


or Is there any particular important phrases that could be used. - where the character makes a statement, or something. for example - never let me go, is the title of a book, but in the story, its only mentioned as a tape the main character found as a child and loved?

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PostSubject: Re: Working titles & Covers   Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:21 pm

Thanks, Emily. Unfortunately there's no point in my thinking about cover ideas, that's up to the publisher - but I can at least feed in suggestions about the title. Something about Weaving something or Woven something might be a possibility - 'Woven Lives', someone suggested to me the other day. Or maybe 'A French Knot' - which is an embroidery stitch, as well as suggesting knotty complications!

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