Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Titles Galore

Thank you to everyone who entered my website contest to Name a Kelly Flynn Mystery. I was totally overwhelmed by the response. So many wonderful title suggestions were submitted, I wound up picking six winners instead of five. All six of those people will receive a complete autographed set of all the Kelly Flynn mysteries.

In fact, there were so many great titles submitted that I wound up choosing several "runners-up" who will each receive a Kelly Flynn mystery. I hope to ship out the books to the various winners once I receive addresses. All of the winners as well as the runners-up will have the opportunity to be chosen as the title for a future Kelly Flynn mystery. Subject to editor approval, of course.

Well over 100 title suggestions were submitted and six were chosen as winners plus nine more as runners-up. What was the difference between the entries that were chosen and the ones that were not? Most of the titles that didn't make it to the finalist pool didn't combine words that referred to fiber (i.e. knit, stitch, yarn) with words that mark a book as a murder mystery (i.e. kill, die, death).

Even so, I really enjoyed some of the more humorous entries, such as: Alpaca Suitcase, Look Back in Angora, Worsted Way to Die, and Death Sock. Love them all. In case some of you Cozy Chicks bloggers contributed some of these, please tell us so in a comment. I want to celebrate your creativity.

14 comments:

Heather Webber said...

Maggie, can you tell us some of the finalists? I'd love to hear the title choices!

sosarahsew said...

When I told my son about the contest, his suggestion was "Fiber You, I'd Be Scared!" He had laughed (in that way only a 17 year-old way can of shaking his head and an incredulous look on his face) when he saw me reading "Fleece Navidad". I'm sure his reaction would be the same for the entry "Alpaca Suitcase"!

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like you have some great titles. I'm with Heather and hope you share of them.

Dru said...

Yes, can you share those titles.

Maggie Sefton said...

I'll make sure to share the titles, maybe next week. I want to make sure the books are in the mail. Don't you love peoples' creativity?

Linda said...

Yes, I love the creativity! The "Alpaca Suitcase" is really funny. Looking forward to finding out what the title will be, and finding out what Kelly and her friends are up to now.

Leann Sweeney said...

What a great idea to have a title contest. I will have to keep this in mind! My editor has already rejected my title for the third cat book. (but she'll forget and I'll probably ask her again. hehe)

Lorna Barrett said...

I'm with Leann--going to have to hold a title contest in the next month or so, too. Right now, I only have 7% of the book written. I think I should be at 25% before I'm really INTO the book and can ask for title help.

Helen Kiker said...

I will be tuned in to find out the winning titles. This was a fun contest.

Helen

Maggie Sefton said...

I was really delighted with the response and surprised too at how many great titles were submitted. This is the first time I've ever held a website contest of any kind, so I'm definitely a cheerleader now. Go for it, Leann and Lorna.

Bookworm Princess said...

I entered some names so I would love to know what made the cut. I haven't gotten an e-mail though so I am not thinking I was one chosen.

In any case, I can't wait to read it!

Jessica said...

How exciting! I wish I had known about this contest, but I've only recently discovered this site! I can't wait to see the ones that were chosen!

Kiy said...

I loved the idea and wracked my brains ... and came up with nadda. Maybe that's why you are the writer and I am the reader. I can't wait to see some of the winning suggestions though!

ChristyJan said...

Like Bookworm Princess I also submitted some ideas, but alas I haven't received an e-mail either.
I'm interested to see the chosen entries.