Help me name my novel?

I realized that using any kind of fire-related word in my novel’s title (like smoldering) will have people assuming it’s a romance, which it very much is not. So after thinking a bit, I noted that the most relevant non-fire words in the book are: ancestor, madness, curse, linguist, code, world, voice.

Based on this, “Shadow of an Ancestor” describes Siph’s situation pretty well. Also, it’s a pretty intriguing title if you haven’t read the book, and actually means something if you have.

“The Ngoshir Code” would be apt if I wanted to focus on Bridget’s story. The thing is that while Bridget is a main character, this first book spotlights Siph.

“Heir to Madness” is one that I haven’t yet crossed off the list, but it both doesn’t say much and gives too much away at the same time.

I’m still playing around with just titling the book “Cipher” because of the (unintentional) duality of it being the main character’s name and a synonym forΒ code.

So right now my favorite working title is “Shadow of an Ancestor,” with “Cipher” being the runner up. The series itself I’ve already given the simple working title “The Scod Series.”

What I’d like from you, dear readers, are your opinions on these potential titles. And I ask for this from beta readers and non-beta readers alike.

Have you read the first 17 chapters of Smoldering? Tell me which new title you think suits it best.

Never read a word of it? Tell me which title is more likely to get a second look from you in the bookstore.

Have your own suggestion for a title? I’d love you forever if you told me. πŸ™‚

Thanks in advance!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb the French Bean
    May 07, 2012 @ 00:30:48

    While the title “Smoldering” has a firm place in my heart, I quite like “Shadow of An Ancestor,” really. If any Twihards were to have picked up the book with the original title with the idea that it *was* a paranormal teen romance, they would have been in for a disappointment. I can just see it now: girls split into camps of Team Gard or Team Siph… πŸ˜›

    And perhaps the “The Ngoshir Code” could be used for the book that highlights Bridget (which I’m assuming is book 2).

    Seeing as how I suck at coming up with titles for my OWN works, you’re honestly asking the wrooooooong gal at this. However, “Brazen Conflagration” came to mind. And it makes for a crappy title, to boot. Stick to “Shadow of an Ancestor.”

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    • seilann
      May 07, 2012 @ 00:51:14

      Oh god. I didn’t even think about the possibility of a “Team Gard.” I think I just died a little inside.

      I agree that “The Ngoshir Code” would be a pretty good title for book two, considering there is an actual focus on the rebellion in that one. πŸ™‚

      And while I love you, Barbara, “Brazen Conflagration” just… brings odd things to mind. So I’m gonna have to strike it. πŸ˜„

      One vote for “Shadow of an Ancestor!”

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  2. Brian
    May 07, 2012 @ 01:48:39

    Non-beta reader chiming in:
    “Smoldering” doesn’t make me think of a romance novel. Of all of the fire words I can think of, smoldering is the least passionate form of burning. πŸ™‚
    The title most likely to catch my attention depends on what section of the bookstore it’s sitting in. If it’s in the fantasy section, β€œThe Ngoshir Code” would probably stand out more, but if you think that’s more appropriate for book two, save it for book two. Both “Shadow” and “Heir” might sound a little too stereotypical in that section, with my nod towards “Shadow” as being the better of the two.
    If it’s in a different section, I’d still say “Shadow” before “Heir” and save “Ngoshir” for when it’s more appropriate.

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    • seilann
      May 07, 2012 @ 01:59:43

      I’ve gotten some comments from others about it sounding rather romance-y, so I’d rather be safe than sorry. Though in the end, the publishing company choses the print title. (All the more reason to give them something good to work with!)

      I also prefer “shadow” over “heir,” and agree that both pop up in the fantasy section way too often. Another reason I like “Cipher,” even though it’s less descriptive. πŸ™‚

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