What is in a name? Would Romeo and Juliet have been as popular if the title characters had been called Ralph and Gertrude? It’s hard to say, and yet…
Supposedly, book publishers (and by extension, literary agents) are able to transcend beyond a title: good, bad or indifferent. Titles, we are told, are nearly meaningless. And yet, as readers we know nothing is further from the truth.
We’ve always liked our working title: Will Steal for Shoes. At least one of us can not think of it by any other name, as hard as she tries. But, it sounds so chick fic and we keep reading that most literary agents feel chick fic is even deader than 1970’s fashions featuring polyester and large, pointed lapels. Is our title holding us back?
Bottom line: a good title can’t hurt. Here then, a poll: