A few weeks ago I was asking for advice on the title of the first in my new series of cosy mysteries, and loads of you got involved. It’s been a tough one, because I needed something that would fit the genre but also work with my own ideas about the story. And I had to love it – titles have to resonate with the book’s author because you are the one who will be saying it over and over, and you need to get behind it and believe in the concept totally.
In the end, after going round and round the houses and talking to almost everyone I know about it, and printing out all the possible titles in cool fonts and then shuffling then about for days, I settled on the one I’d started with! Isn’t that always the way? So here it is:
Murder at the Maples
A Flora Lively Mystery: Book 1
Thanks to everyone who commented on my original post – C.B. Wentworth and Kathryn Michaels, this was your favourite too 🙂 Murder at the Maples will be launched at the end of July/beginning of August, and I’ll be sending the final draft out to beta readers in a couple of weeks. I’m still looking for a couple more beta readers (don’t worry if you’ve already contacted me, I’ll be in touch soon), so if you’re interested here’s some more information:
- You’ll need to be able to read it within a week if possible
- I can send either the whole book or just the first few chapters
- You can receive the manuscript in epub, Kindle or pdf format
All you need to do is read it and send me your comments, which can be as detailed or brief as you like. I may ask a couple of questions upfront, things to look out for etc, but generally I’m just interested in your reactions/thoughts about the story and characters. Send me an email at joannegphillips (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know if you’re interested 🙂
Okay! Back to editing for me.
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June 12, 2013 at 9:59 am
Forgot to say that all beta readers get an honourary mention in the acknowledgements page of the book! And get to read it before anyone else, of course 😉 x
June 12, 2013 at 11:48 am
I think I’ve always gone with the title I thought of first. It’s the one that just feels right. Murder at the Maples has a good ring to it. Not long to go until it will be launch day again for you. x
June 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm
Thanks Kate! Yes, I’m gearing up for my launch and taking notes from you 🙂
June 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm
It’s a great title Joanne, it has a lovely ring to it.
And the best of it all? You like it. It has to feel right for you, because you know the story and your characters inside out, so if it feels right for you, it will feel right for your readers too 🙂
Well done. You’re making great progress. So looking forward to reading Murder at the Maples this summer! xxx
(P.S. I love the subtitle too – A Flora Lively Mystery: Book 1)
June 14, 2013 at 7:57 pm
Thanks Martina. It still feels weird that I’ve finally committed! (Getting married is a bit like that) 😉 Glad you like it xxx
June 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm
I agree with you about the author/tittle. That is one of the joys of publishing as an e-book. You can name the book what you think is right. I know a tittle is an important marketing tool, but not as important to me personally as the cover, which can stop me in the aisle. I like what you have selected! I am addicted to well written cozy mysteries, and look forward to reading this first in a series by my new blog friend, Joanne.
June 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm
Yes, the cover is the next step – I sent my brief of to the designer today. *Bites finger nails nervously for a week*. The cover has to be exactly right for this, cosy mysteries are hard to signpost well to the reader. Stepheny, because I’m from the UK but hoping to break into the US market, what do you think of the cosy v cozy spelling? Should I adopt one and just stick with it, or should I use both depending on who/where I’m talking/writing? Advice welcomed 🙂 x
June 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm
Joanne, just love it! Of course, the name “Flora Lively” catches the attention too.
I’d be happy to read for you. I believe you have my email address but if not here it is — email@example.com. If you need my help, I’d prefer Kindle. 🙂
June 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Brilliant! Thanks Sherrey (I was hoping you’d volunteer) 😉 Added you to my list, will be in touch very soon. x
June 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm
Awesome! I think the title works brilliantly 😀 Good luck!
June 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Thanks Layla 🙂 x
June 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm
Excellent title. I would love to beta read but in all honesty I have no time and would hate to let you down (am frantically trying to get my own murder mystery completed for its July 7th launch date!). Will look forward to buying a copy on its release! x
June 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm
Hi Celina! Lovely to see you on the blog. I understand totally, and you’re right to prioritise that! Now – is your next book going to be a Jo-suitable read? You know I can’t cope with anything too dark … 😉 xxx
June 13, 2013 at 8:58 am
Good title, Jo. I can’t wait to read this when it’s launched in all its polished fineness (is that a word…? Lol).
Good luck 🙂
June 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm
Thank you 🙂 And yes, it is now!
June 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm
Great title for what I’m sure will be a brilliant book. Can’t wait to read it! 🙂
June 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm
Thanks *swoon – it’s my gorgeous hubby* But promise you won’t put it under the bed and then let me find it there dusty six months later? (Yes, folks – that did happen!) 🙂 Love ya x
June 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm
Congrats, great title, very catchy and succinct. Hope you have me on your beta reader list… Also hope my husband returns from Thailand with his Kindle before you need us 🙂
June 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm
Thanks Pauline – I’m relying on you to help me get my American character spot on! 🙂 Hope the new job’s going well. x
June 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm
Love it Jo 🙂