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Offline BrwnEyedGirl

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Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« on: May 04, 2011, 06:43:30 PM »
I wrote a Urban Fantasy, and now I am unhappy with the bland title I came up with.   :badday:

It's basically about a lycan female, trying to live a normal life.  She is trying to overcome her desire for human flesh, while avoiding the wrath of another lunatic lycan.  The whole story is about her overcoming hard-ship and coming out of it alive.

The original title was "Blood Moon" but I find it to be quite bland.  :sad:  [I want something original with more flare]

I want a dark gothic style title that would be sure to grab a potential book reader's attention.

I am open to every suggestion, so if you think you can help me with my title picking woes, I welcome you!  :up:

Thanks in advance for your help!  ;D
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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2011, 07:05:39 PM »
hmmm dark Goth...first thing that came to my mind was

BLACK LACE 

I think that's because black lace seems very goth to me...lol

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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2011, 07:08:05 PM »
I remember your story. Isn't she running from a murderous pack of lycans?  How about "Blood Clan"?

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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2011, 06:35:13 AM »
Tabris,

Yes, you probably remember my story because you helped me with the query.  Which have resulted in a full request!  I wanted to thank you for that, but i've been busy re-editing the story itself [still not done -_-].  But I like both yours and Elizafaith's title suggestions. 

Black Lace - I really enjoy, because it has the perfect element of gothic feel that I am looking for.

Blood Clan - I like also, because it fits the story line. 

Hmm... a tough decision here. =p

Last night I was thinking about something like this.  Blood Moon : Unleashed but I wasn't sure about it....any suggestions???

As always, thank you guys so so so much for helping me.  I truly appreciate it!  :y:

 P.S 

If anyone has an idea I am still open to suggestions!  The more the merrier! n_n
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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2011, 07:06:14 AM »
How about something more prehistoric-feeling, like Saber-Toothed Fighter. Saber-Toothed Vixen. Something more specific, animalistic and focused on her?

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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2011, 08:36:13 AM »
What do you think of these potential titles?

1. Deadly Vengeance

2. Lycan Vengeance

3. Murmuring Hunger

I have more, but I don't want to overwhelm anyone. =p 

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Offline Tabris

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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 08:41:54 AM »
Those three feel kind of generic. You want a title that wouldn't fit 30% of the books out there.

I went through about 21 titles before the right one came to me, and when it did it felt perfect. Keep free-associating. See if there are any word pairings in the text itself that feel titleish.

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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2011, 12:13:20 PM »
 :'(  Yeah you're probably right.  Oh well, I still have time to think of one before I sign with an agent.  Thanks as always Tabris for your wonderful help and support.  :up:
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Offline Tabris

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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2011, 12:40:55 PM »
Keep working at it. Seriously, it took me 18 months for the perfect title, but when it came...well, it's perfect.  :wag: You'll get one too. And your agent may change the title, and the publisher almost definitely will change it again.

CHeck out this little how-to on how to title your book: http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-title-your-book.html

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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2011, 06:19:59 PM »
Title's are tough. I went through a few before finally deciding on one.

One tip that helped me was to put in titles in Amazon and see how many other similar titles were out there. I kind of liked Murmuring Hunger. Blood MOon is good to, but there are a lot of BLood  titles.
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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2011, 08:45:15 PM »
Just throwing out possibilities rather whimsically, lol.  Perhaps the problem is you're too focused on trying to find a certain 'type' of title, ie a dark gothic, and so you're cutting yourself off from a lot of avenues that might end up surprising you with a good match?

TOOTH AND NAIL (or is it claw?)
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF (ok ok, so a Duran Duran title isn't what you're looking for, but who could resist!?)
HUNGERS OF THE FLESH (Hmm, sounds like zombie porn, so maybe not)
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (Ok, we've progressed to a Pink Floyd song, so a slight improvement in the theme/tone match)
A LUNACY OF LYCANS (apparently I am channeling George R. R. Martin here...)
MIDNIGHT HOWLS (hmm something with midnight might actually have potential...)
HOWLS AT MIDNIGHT (never mind, I'm just stuck on howl now)
RUNNING FROM THE PACK (aaaaaaand we're back to song references and have 'The Leader of the Pack' stuck in our heads - and we're also talking in the third person and not sure when or why that happened....)
SOMETHING LIKE MADNESS (and not sure where in the hell that came from or what it has to do with the price of tea in china or what the hell the price of tea in china has to do with anything either, so that might me a sign I'm being useless here and its time to bow out.  Au revoir, all.)

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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2011, 09:27:48 PM »
Hi BrwnEyedGirl

How about.

DESIRABLE HUNGER

DARK AND DESIRABLE

DARK FEEDING


Cheers,
Don

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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2011, 08:03:15 AM »
By jove I think I found a title. 

After talking it over with my sister [who is also writing a novel] we both decided that we like "Tooth and Nail"

So thank you KalenO for your sarcastic and sometimes confusing commentary, it made me laugh.   ;D

Once again, thank you Tabris, Elizafaith13, KalenO and DMcWild for your help!  You guys are awesome.  :yes: :naughty:
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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2011, 09:02:18 AM »
Hooray!  I successfully helped!  That hardly ever happens.....no idea why....
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Re: Urban Fantasy Title [Help Needed!]
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2011, 09:17:22 AM »
By jove I think I found a title. 

After talking it over with my sister [who is also writing a novel] we both decided that we like "Tooth and Nail"



I'm going to be a pain, but would you also consider "Tooth And Claw"?

 --> http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/red-in-tooth-and-claw.html

That was my first thought when I saw the new title, because "tooth and nail" tends to just mean a struggle, but "tooth and claw" refers specifically to the more violent side of the natural world.