Thursday, August 06, 2009
How Facebook Fans Titled My Next Book
I'm now writing the Rayne Tour series book #3. We desperately needed a title. Neither the Zonderkidz marketing team, nor Amberly and I had come up with one that really fit and that everyone else liked. So what's an author to do? Turn to her fans on Twitter and Facebook.
On Tuesday I sent out this tweet (which fed to Facebook):
Brandilyn Collins: Need title for Rayne Tour book #3. #1--ALWAYS WATCHING, #2--LAST BREATH. #3 ... ??
I knew this was a shot in the dark. After all, my readers didn't even know the premise of Rayne Tour #3. And I didn't want to tell them, because the second book in the series hasn't even released yet.
Here are the (serious and humorous) Facebook responses as they came in.
Don Pape: BACKSTAGE JITTERS
Do I win a prize?
Shane Pippin: NEW AGAIN
Ace Collins: Last breath is usually followed by CPR.
Brandilyn Collins: Tasty Venue? LOL. Ace--you're not any better help than Don.
Ace Collins: Just a logical progression and maybe a look at the publishing business as well. If anyone can kick start sales for all us, you can. I would suggest -- New Wind.
Don Pape: So you played with sight in title one, you play with breathing in title two, how about hearing in title three: Tone Deaf, On Pitch, or Turn a Deaf Ear.
Don Pape: SOLD OUT?
Rebecca Carter: I like Sold Out and I hope it also describes how the third book does in stores. :)
Matthew Charles Hall: "Killer Note" "Last Show" "Kill the Lights" "Obstructed Views"
Darlene Snyder: I like Tone Deaf.
Lisa-Anne Wooldridge: I like Sold Out... I like Amped Up...
Anita Mae Draper: Never Relax? No Refuge? Highway to Danger? Adrenaline Rush or Surge
Laura Sheppard: Rayne Storm. Free Rayne. Rayne or Shine. Refrayne. Braynewashed. Storm Drayne. Or, ShayLeave Us Alone, Killer!
Kim Vogel Sawyer: After LAST BREATHE comes BURIAL SERVICE, I think...
Laura Ann Grymes: Final Touch
Taste of silence
Taste of murder
Smell of darkness,
Brandilyn Collins: Oh, my gosh, Laura Ann Grymes--you just might have it! Final Touch fits great! Let's see what the marketing team says.
Joyce Magnin: Never More
Laura Ann Grymes: how way cool!
That is awesome.
Michele Giles Underwood: Never Silent
Kendra Elrod McBroom: I think Laura should get a gift book for naming the book. It is great.
Erin Randall Laramore: Way to go, Laura Ann! I like it!
Final Touch really was a great fit with the storyline. Amberly and I loved it. Don Pape was right--we'd used sight and breath in the first two titles. We'd been playing with the sense of touch for title three. I sent Final Touch to my editor. She presented it to the Zonderkidz marketing team. They loved it too. Bingo. We have our title.
Kendra is right--Laura Ann deserves a free book!