Re-titling Sand and Bones

I almost always struggle with this myself. In The Eye of The Beholder was “Erik/Claire” on my computer for the longest time. My current work in progress is just called “Harmon/Hope” while I figure it out. Author BJ Sikes shares a bit of her process for creating the perfect title here.

BJ Sikes, author

Book titles are funny things. The title should encapsulate an entire novel, be unique, and be concise. It’s not easy to come up with a title. I struggle with every book I wrote to name it with the Most Marvelous Title Ever. Or at least one that doesn’t suck.

Book # 2 was called Sand and Bones for the last couple of years. I thought it was the perfect blend of spooky and evocative. Tropical island was the Sand and the murder and peril was the Bones.

And then came the Beta Readers. I asked them what the title made them think of. Almost everyone said something about archaeologists and dinosaurs. <facepalm>

Right, back to the drawing board. I enlisted my lovely beta readers and writerly friends to help me brainstorm and distill the essence of the book.

What is it really about? It’s about Clara’s journey into and out…

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