Concerning Book Titles

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Rush Limborg, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. TerriO

    TerriO Writer-type human Premium Member

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    IIRC, I was trying to make it stand out from a more bland title like Quandary. Because, really, Quandary on its own is a brutally boring title. Bo-better than Ambien for sleeping-ring. There's no pop to it. So it's a dilemma in a story. Big frigging whoop. There's always a dilemma in a story. Problem to solve, thing to do, it's like calling a story Story. Hello, Author Obvious.....

    'Q'uandary however, just brought something different by setting the Q off. Which kind of illustrated the story, too. :)

    It's amazing what a bit of punctuation in the right place can do to make a godawful title fit so much better.

    Nine times out of ten, I don't have to do that much thinking on titles. So far, I've been very lucky in that regard. *knock wood*
     
  2. TGTheodore

    TGTheodore Writer Admiral

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    I agree. It's a very cool "looking" title, too. Plays with the eye for a second.

    --Ted
     
  3. KRAD

    KRAD Keith R.A. DeCandido Admiral

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    In addition to Terri's answer, all of which is true, there's also the fact that "Q-uandary" looks like a typo. :lol:

    And it's single quotes because it goes inside a short story title, which is in double quotes. If the title was being put in a British magazine that italicizes short-story titles (as some do), it would be properly rendered as "Q"uandary.

    This has been another *THUD* useless fact....
     
  4. Turtletrekker

    Turtletrekker Vice Admiral Admiral

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    What's next? The "Wheel of Morality"? ;)
     
  5. Judith Sisko

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    I LOVED that show!! I'd always rush home from school to watch it...

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  6. Ríu ríu chíu

    Ríu ríu chíu Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Where was (or, if applicable, will be) this story?
     
  7. KRAD

    KRAD Keith R.A. DeCandido Admiral

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    Whoops, sorry. That's the title for my Klingon "wrath" story in Seven Deadly Sins, on sale in trade paperback at finer bookstores everywhere a year from now.

    So I should probably write the fershlugginer thing at some point.............
     
  8. Ríu ríu chíu

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    ^ 'Sokay. I just realized how totally nonsensical my last post was. :lol:
     
  9. TerriO

    TerriO Writer-type human Premium Member

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    Thanks. One thing I always try to do is find a title that fits thematically, and also jumps off the page a bit in the TOC if it's in an anthology. Sometimes I get titles that I have to find stories for later on. Good Queen, Bad Queen, I Queen, You Queen, in the Doctor Who anthology was one where the title hit me first, I filed it away, and found a story that fit it later. My first original work, which looks to be coming out next year, is called Love and Other Excuses.

    I don't claim to be an expert on titles, I'm only saying what works for me. Fit the format, fit the story, and draw attention to itself on the cover/TOC. Those are basically my three rules. 8)

    Yes, I have a story idea file, as well as a title idea file, why do you ask? :cool: