Friday, January 4, 2013

Suggest a title -- win a prize!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

And so I'm chugging along on my next Booktown Mystery which is currently titled:  Booktown Mystery #8.

Okay, I admit it.  I suck when it comes to titles.  (However, I do pick perfect names for cats.  This is Fred.  Doesn't that name just suit him to a T?)

It appears that my publisher doesn't care if titles match the story or not.  (Why else would we have Chapter & Hearse as the title for #4 in the series?) They like something that is bookish and crime-ish.  They really liked Sentenced to Death because it was wordy/bookish and mystery in three little words. (Thank you, Michele Fowler for that great title.  Michele became a character in the book, and I have no plans to abandon her in future stories.)

A few weeks ago, I couldn't sleep and came up with about six really good candidates for a title.  They were so wonderful, that I was sure I wouldn't need to write any of them down because I was going to remember them.


So ... I need a title, and you guys are so  good at it I hope you'll help me out.

It needs to have a great catchy "wordy" word (that has to do with writing ... as in Sentenced to Death) and it has to relate to crime.  (Sorry, Poisoned by a Preposition won't work in this case because the victim was squashed like a bug ... but something in that vein would work if the victim wasn't squashed like a bug.)

So, have at it.  I'll choose my favorite, and send the best of them to my editor.  The winner will get a very cool Haven't Got a Clue coffee (or tea) mug and, if you choose, will be a character in a future Booktown mystery (you get to pick whether you're a good guy or a bad guy).  The deadline is January 15th, and I'll announce the winner on January 18th.

PLEASE DON'T PUT YOUR ENTRY IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST -- send them to contest @ (and remember to close up those spaces in the email address). Please add your snail mail address in your entry so I have a place to send the prize.  Thanks!


Nancy said...

I don't imagine that I'm any good at creating titles, but I will wrack my brain for a couple, because I love that cup! Also, it would be so much fun to have a character named after a good guy. Eccentric is fun, though. Gee, I'm really getting into this. :)

Patricia Reed ( said...

I came up with Pasted with a Preposition, Flattened by Fiction, Plastered by Punctuation and lastly, Posted and Prepositioned.

Ritaestelle said...

I hope you like the book title I emailed you ~ Written Offed :D

Anonymous said...

I've received a lot of wonderful title suggestions. Thank you! And Keep them coming!

Unknown said...

I can' t wait to see what you choose!