What makes a bad title?
by Janeen Eckhart
Switched at Birth!
This is how bad a title can be.
(By the way, Steve, thanks for telling me about this forum.)
I actually received a bad title notification!
I guess you know your title is really bad when an agent's assistant calls you up and whispers (I presume, because the agent was nearby), "You know that's a really awful title, don't you?"
So of course now I'm embarrassed to tell you what it was! But I'll tell you anyway...
So I guess my first question is, "Does anyone know why that's SUCH a bad title?" I mean, I guess I can see where it's not great, but I'm not quite sure I see why it merited an emergency warning!
Of course, my second question is, "What should the title be?" So I guess I should tell you something about the book.
Do you remember that real-life Switched at Birth story some time back? That was what got me thinking. That was about real-life adults, but I wanted mine to be about teenage girls. Well, one of the teenage girls in particular: Rhonda.
(Maybe I should be saying Copyright Janeen Eckhart 2009 right about here. Oh, and if you steal it, you can kiss your karma goodbye!)
Of the two girls, Rhonda is the one who's not particularly happy, and being a teenager she OF COURSE blames her mother, a totally single parent.
The two families meet after they learn what happened. The other girl is sweet and completely attached to her two parents. To Rhonda, on the other hand, the grass definitely looks greener on the other side.
To make a long novel short, circumstances contrive to actually give Rhonda the chance to experience life with her birth parents. And while they ARE terrific, Rhonda ends up going back to her mom, and with a new appreciation for her mom. THAT was supposed to be Rhonda's Homecoming.
Okay, so does anyone have a better title? (Of course you do, since mine is apparently the worst title in the world.) I have lost all confidence in my own ability to pick one!