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Author Topic: negative title?  (Read 3136 times)
NextChapter
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« on: March 20, 2018, 04:18:51 PM »

I have written a middle grade novel about a girl who wants to change her name from Mary Jane to something more tease-proof. I considered a bunch of titles before setting on NOT MARY JANE. Yeah, that was my name until two years ago (and I'm really old). Trust me, never ever give a child a two-word name. It's awful. It sounds cute and all, but it's not. So . . . I have been querying, as we aspiring authors must do, and now I am starting to wonder if the title is all wrong. Was it a bad idea to have the word "Not" as the first word of the title? Is that off-putting? Too negative? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated (even if I do not agree).
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2018, 04:48:47 PM »

From what I understand, the title doesn't play a HUGE roll in successful querying. While a great title can catch an agent's eye, a mediocre title isn't off-putting for most agents. Many MSs get title changes at various points in the publishing process.

That being said, I don't think Not Mary Jane is a bad title. Or somehow negative.

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2018, 05:22:24 PM »

AKA MARY JANE

(and koji is correct: even your publisher's marketing department gets to weigh in on the title.)
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2018, 05:23:13 PM »

From what I understand, the title doesn't play a HUGE roll in successful querying. While a great title can catch an agent's eye, a mediocre title isn't off-putting for most agents. Many MSs get title changes at various points in the publishing process.

That being said, I don't think Not Mary Jane is a bad title. Or somehow negative.



Thanks! One less thing to think about. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2018, 02:25:47 AM »

I'm not saying "Not Mary Jane" is a poor choice, because I kinda like it, and I I don't think there's an issue with a negative in the title as a general principle.

But, if you're looking for alternatives, "She's not Mary Jane" or "I'm not Mary Jane" (depending on the MC's POV) may clarify a bit.
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2018, 03:15:11 AM »

Idea for title: "The Name Mary Jane"
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