Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Why Her Handyman? By Morgan Mandel
One of the hardest things to do is to come up with a good title for a book. And, it better be a good one, or no one will want to buy the book, no matter how good it is. The title needs to represent what a book is about. The wrong title can offer the wrong impression and turn a reader off. The same can be said for covers, but today I'm sharing my thoughts on titles. When deciding on a title, I usually Google and also check Amazon to see if someone has already used that title.
It's perfectly legal to use a title already taken by another author for another book, but doing so can lead to confusion. That's why I try to choose one that's unique.
The hero of the story is a handyman. So, I did my usual searches. First, I tried My Handyman, but someone already had that. Also taken was Handyman.
Then I started thinking. Jake, the hero in Her Handyman, is engaged. Since this story is written in the third person, I kind of liked the idea of a double meaning for the title. When calling Jake her handyman, the heroine, Zoe, could be referring to the fact that Jake has a fiance and he's not Zoe's but hers, meaning Angelina's.
Then again, Zoe wants very much to be able to refer to Jake as her (own) handyman.
I searched and found no books with that exact title, although I did find one or two with part of the title which included the words, her handyman, but they weren't first on the title, so I didn't count them.
Another concern was where the first word of the title lands in relation to what letter of the alphabet it begins with. H turned out to be 8th, which isn't too bad. If I do decide to put the book into print and it lands on a bookstore shelf, it most likely won't be on the bottom.
So now you know how I came upon Her Handyman as my title.
Anyone else want to share their titles and how they got them?
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