With pleasure today I have Jennifer Estep here guest posting. Jennifer’s debut Urban Fantasy novel Spider’s Bite just released on January 26, which I have read and reviewed. Folks, Spider’s Bite is truly Urban Fantasy at it’s best and I can’t wait for May to get here. On May 25th, Web of Lies, the second book in Jennifer’s Elemental Assassins series releases.
Good news! Jennifer is giving away a copy of Spider’s Bite to one lucky commentator. Details for the giveaway are at the end of this post.
What's in a book title?
Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Donna for having me on the blog today. Thanks so much, Donna!
On to my topic of the day – book titles.
Ah, book titles. Coming up with a good one can be an author’s worst nightmare. Seriously, it’s tough to condense your book down to a few words and still capture the overall spirit of the story – not to mention make it interesting enough to catch a reader’s eye in the bookstore.
Spider’s Bite, the first book in my new Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, came out Jan. 26. I think Spider’s Bite is a pretty cool title, especially since it ties in with the titles of the other two books in the series that will be out this year – Web of Lies (June) and Venom (October). Yep, that’s right, all the books in the Elemental Assassin titles have something to do with spiders. That’s because the heroine of the series, Gin Blanco, moonlights as an assassin codenamed the Spider.
But Spider’s Bite was not my original title for the first book – it was Gin on the Rocks. I thought it would be cool to use the word “gin” in all the titles as a play on my heroine’s name – Gin with a Twist, Bitter Gin, Gin and Tonic, etc. I came up with a whole slew of gin-related titles, with the help of my critique group. We had quite a lot of fun dreaming up gin titles (and just dreaming about gin and tonics in general) one day.
But my editor and agent thought that the “gin” titles weren’t quite strong enough and didn’t really say “dark, fun, sexy urban fantasy,” which is what the Elemental Assassin books are all about. So, somewhere along the way, one of us had the idea to tie the books together using spider-related titles. And voila! We had Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, and Venom.
Of course, those weren’t the only spider-related titles that we came up with. We considered things like Black Widow, Death Weaver, Web of Death, The Deadly Web She Weaves, Revenge of the Spider, etc. We also came up with some real groaners. My personal favorite for sheer badness is Eight Legs of Justice. That one makes me snicker every time I think about it.
Right now, we’re getting ready to brainstorm titles for books 4 and 5 in the series. For book 4, I like The Silken Noose, which is a type of spider and ties in with a line in the book. We’ll see if my editor and agent go for that, or if we can come up with something even better. I have no clue what the title will be for book 5. At this point, everything that I think of just sounds cheesy and hokey to me.
Ah, book titles. They can be a pain to create, but once you’ve got a good one, you want to shout it from the rooftops – and hope that you can come up with something that’s just as cool and clever for the next book.
What about you guys? Do you like the spider titles? Or think the gin ones were cooler? What are some of your favorite titles? Share in the comments.
Thank you Jennifer for the wonderful post and generous giveaway!
Thanks to Jennifer one lucky commentator will win a copy of Spider’s Bite. Here’s how to enter:
- Answer one of Jennifer’s questions at the end of her post in the comments.
- Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
- Open to the US and Canada.
- Deadline to enter this giveaway is Saturday, February 6th at Midnight CST.