Want to be a character in my next book?

May 10, 2011

It’s a little known fact that book titles change all the time. Typically, the author will decide on a title while writing a book or a book proposal. In some cases, the title will come to an author before the rest of the book. That happens to me a lot. A title will pop into my head and introduce a situation that makes me want to write.

Still, every author knows not to get too attached because upwards of around seventy-percent of book titles are changed by the publishing house. Either they don’t fit the finished book, or maybe they don’t say what the marketing department wants to say. They could be too long, too short, or just not it.

I’ve been unusual in that I’ve gotten to keep my titles. Well, until now. This latest book is going to get a new title. I originally named it The Monster MASH because I’m writing about a group of offbeat paranormal MASH surgeons. And while my publisher is on board with the drama and zaniness inside the book, they want a grabby-er title (And yes, I’m making up a word. I like to do that.)

Anyhow, I’ve been thinking and thinking of a new title. But then it hit me: Why not ask for a bit of help? So I’m holding a contest. Help me re-name The Monster MASH. I’m open to any and all suggestions. If your title is one of the ones I present to my editor, I’ll thank you in the book. If your title is the one we go with, I’ll name a character after you.

Post any and all suggestions below.

A bit of background: The monster MASH is located down in limbo during a big immortal war. There are vampires, werewolves, demi-gods, sphinxes and about every other creature you can think of. The protagonist is a half-fairy surgeon who was drafted away from her paranormal medical clinic in New Orleans. Oh and she can see dead people.

One of my re-title suggestions was The Truth About Cats and Demi-Gods. My editor said close, but not it. So think of that kind of vibe. Thanks and good luck!

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22 Responses to “Want to be a character in my next book?”

  1. Val Stark Says:

    “The Fairy Doctor in the Big Bad War”
    – Val S.


  2. “Life in Limbo”

    I think Lisa (or my nickname Leela) has a nice ring to it! lol

    lisagoneaussie (at) gmail (dot) com


  3. The Doctor and the Immortal War

  4. Marcena Hinojosa Says:

    How about—“You know, I’m not making this up!”

  5. Marcena Hinojosa Says:

    “How low can YOU go?”

  6. mouseh381 Says:

    or—“How low can YOU go? -My Life in Limbo”

  7. Dawn_N Says:

    “M.A.S.H.’D but not Out”
    If I think of some others I will post them later.


  8. Have E.R. will travel?

  9. Angie Fox Says:

    These are great. Keep ’em coming!

    • Sangeetha S. Says:

      Sorry about the tardiness of my response..I am a recent fan of your books. I hope I’m not too late D:

  10. Dawn_N Says:

    “The E.R. in Limbo, and you thought you had it hard”

  11. Dawn_N Says:

    “Vampires, Werewolves, and Demi-Gods, OH My!”
    “Tempting the Fates”

  12. Heather Says:

    Who’s Anatomy?!

  13. Kathy Says:

    How about:

    The Reluctant Fairy

    Life, Limbo & Demi-Gods

    MASH’d Limbo

  14. Angie Fox Says:

    Interesting that you bring up fates, Dawn. Have you been reading over my shoulder? I didn’t mention it above, but there are these ancient prophecies that keep screwing with her life as well. She doesn’t want to believe in the hocus pocus mumbo jumbo, but holy he**, it’s looking like these things could be real.

  15. Chelle Says:

    What about:

    Fairy: Has Knife, Must Travel

    or

    Even Scalpel Wielding Fairies Get the G.I. Blues


  16. Meddlesome Fates, scalpel be damned!

  17. Annie Says:

    How about:

    Blood, Bandages, and Fairy Dust

  18. Christa C. Says:

    Here’s some more to throw out there into creative land….

    -Since surgeons are also known as sawbones:

    “Sawbones Squad in Limbo”
    “The Good, The Bad, and The Unruly Fates”
    “Humoring the Fates”
    “Mayhem in Hell”

    Good luck!

  19. Carol Lawhorne Says:

    How about “The Elemental Surgeon” or “Elementary, my dear Surgeon” good lucke

  20. Sangeetha S. Says:

    “War of the Immortals”
    “The Clairvoyant”
    “Enter Supernatural”
    “Havoc in Hell”
    “Stife”
    “Cadaver War”
    “Doctor Paranormal”

    Good Luck!!
    I love the ending of the ADS series… please tell there’s MOREEE !!!

  21. Peta Says:

    Confessions of a Half-Fae Surgeon.
    Yeah, and I see dead people too!
    Slice and Dice, the Fates aren’t nice.
    Between Fate and a Ghoul Place.
    All Creatures Fanged and Horned.


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