By Sue Ann Jaffarian
I will admit that I have battled with one of my publishers over some of my titles.
Now, remember, as a rule we authors have NO SAY in our titles or covers. If the publisher doesn't like the title that arrives with the manuscript, they will usually suggest a few others or ask the author for other possibilities. But in the end, it's their decision and theirs alone.
There have also been manuscripts I've submitted with titles I didn't like and asked the publisher for suggestions. Thugs and Kisses was submitted as "Mother Mayhem," but I was never in love with that title. Neither the publisher or I could come up with anything better. Right before it was finalized, I was online playing backgammon against an opponent with the handle of "Thugs&Kisses." The next morning I contacted my publisher and we both agreed "Mother Mayhem" should be dumped in favor of Thugs and Kisses. Booby Trap started life as "Epitaph Envy." We both turned our brains inside out for Twice As Dead and Hide and Snoop. The publisher picked the titles in the end and they have both worked well.
In December, my 8th Odelia Grey novel will be released. It began life with a different title, but I really like Secondhand Stiff, which was chosen by the publisher, and suits the story.
I'm currently working on Odelia #9, which has a working title of "Murder Ball." I'm ready to do battle to keep that title, but we'll have to see. After all, I'm just the author.