Thursday, February 28, 2013

In search of that perfect title

So much goes into the writing of a book but do you realize how much thought goes into the title alone?  We are on a title hunt.  Much like the girls in the book who are looking for that certain ghost, we are on a hunt to find that certain ghostie book title.  I want original.  I want unique.  And I want to keep "The Million $$$ Ghost" in the title.  Can you help?

I have been to Google.  I have been to Goodreads.  I have been to Amazon. Hoping that something will spark a little creativity but nothing is sounding right.

I want the title to read "The XXX for/of The Million Dollar Ghost."

I will pay anyone $100 to bring that perfect title to us.  So far, here are the suggestions that have come in:

Million $$$ Ghost Hunt
Spirits, Haunts and The Million $$$ Ghost
Much Ado About a Million $$$ Ghost
The Essence of The Million $$$ Ghost
Obsessed by The Million $$$ Ghost
The Obsession of The Million $$$ Ghost
The Quest for The Million $$$ Ghost
The Race for The Million $$$ Ghost
Finding a Million $$$ Ghost
The Pursuit of The Million $$$ Ghost
The Un-Ghostly Pursuit of The Million $$$ Ghost
A Ghost of a Chance
A Million $$$ Chance
Redemption of The Million $$$ Ghost
The Haunting of The Million $$$ Ghost
Haunted by The Million $$$ Ghost

So as you can see, they're coming in but still not quite sure.  If you have an idea, leave the name in the comment below and some way of having me contact you if we should decide to go with your title.  Or, you can email Dorothy at thewriterslife (at) gmail.com.

Good news....we have someone really really good who is going to make a professional cover for us, BUT we need a title.  So that's what the urgency is for.

Can you help?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Fiction/Ghost or Fiction/Romance/Paranormal?

And you thought writing was tough?  So I'm thinking about our ghostie book and what genre we should list it when we're finished with it.  We want to choose a genre that matches the book, no doubt, so we narrowed it down to two genres - paranormal mystery and paranormal romance.  I was thinking though (the book marketer coming out), which of the two genres is the most popular?  I mean, the book could fit into either genre, why not choose a genre that would appeal to most people (thus more sales)?

So I posed the questions on Facebook and I got some pretty good replies.  All I asked was which of the two genres do you like to read and by doing this I could get a guessestimate of how many liked one genre over the other.

One of our past clients and dear dear friend, Steve DeWinter, pointed out that according to the BISAC, there isn't even such a thing as a paranormal mystery.  Ugh.  Looking through the genres they have listed, it would only fit under either Fiction/Ghost and Fiction/Romance/Paranormal.  I'm okay with the first but the second looks more like it but I really didn't like romance being the forerunner since this book isn't a romance novel per se.  God this stuff is confusing.

So I wanted a few ideas on what exactly was a Fiction/Ghost and found this page at Goodreads.  Yeah that looks about right.  So I decided to do the same thing with Fiction/Romance/Paranormal and I found this interesting article on what is paranormal romance.  Okay I'm getting it but still not 100% sure.

The book is a mystery.  It has ghosts and it's built around a love story between a mortal man who wants to contact his dead wife.  There are lots of ghostie things going on, it's one big mystery after another but the romance just isn't there except for the romance between the mortal and the dead wife.

And of course there's Henri the ghostest with the mostest having an affair with one of the mortal women, so there's two instances of romance going on but it's fleeting and not a big part of the whole scheme of things. 

Ack. 

This writing stuff is harder than it looks.

So I found a list of book titles listed under paranormal romance at Goodreads  I personally like humorous paranormal books.  It would definitely fall in that category especially with the fun cover we're going to give it. 

So this is why I'll get an author who says "My book is a fiction/paranormal/juvenile/crime/mystery/blahblahblah.  God I hate it when they do that.  You have to narrow it down to one, I want to scream.  But they probably had a time with it just like I'm doing now.

Blah.  I think I'll go get some work done to take my mind off this or I'm going to go crazy.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bringing a book back to life

Yo, yo, we are back!  And it feels so great!  I guess I need to introduce myself and tell you just who "we" is, right?  I'm Dorothy Thompson.  Most people know me from Pump Up Your Book but what they don't know is that I've had a little secret I've been hiding all these years.  Actually the secret was buried, but now...we've brought it back to life.  We, as in Heide AW Kaiminski and Pamela Lawnizak, my co-authors of a book we wrote back in '06 called The Search for the Million $$$ Ghost.

So the story goes like this.  The book was published in 2006 by a new small press publisher who we thought we could trust.  As it turned out, they weren't to be trusted.  A few months after our book was published, they went bankrupt taking all the royalties with them.  We never saw a dime.  Upset is a huge understatement.

Years down the road, I asked a lawyer friend what she thought of the situation.  Do we have our rights back?  Can we bring this book back to life and not get in trouble?

She looked over the contract, assessed the situation and the answer made my day.  Yes, we have our rights back and we can bring the book back to life.

That was step one.  I also knew that the book was never edited.  I'm still catching typos in the one book I was able to get my hands on.  They even added typos that weren't there if that makes sense.  I know, I have the book and the manuscript and I don't know what they were thinking but it was a mess.  It's a wonder we even got pretty decent (actually terrific) reviews from this.

Step two is where we're at now.  Editing.  I'm also enlisting a friend who edits for a living to help me with this.  When you have three people writing the same book, there are bound to be inconsistencies so I want to make sure the book flows from one page to the other and you can't tell where one author stopped and the other started.

As I'm going through the book and working on it chapter by chapter, I am really impressed with this.  A lot I had forgotten about.  I couldn't even tell you all the names of the characters, it's been so long.

It's probably going to be re-released this summer.  And..we're going to self-publish it which I am so excited about.  So a lot will have to happen before you can read it but what I would like to do on this blog is take you along  for the ride.  Will you come along with us?