As y’all know, I’m working hard on the book proposal for my novel–and as of today, I’m near the 50% mark! It’s been a great experience and I’ve learned so much!
But today I’m asking my readers to help me make an important decision: what will the final title of this book be?
Yes, it’s a very-late-in-the-game decision. Lionhearted, the working title for the better part of three years, was initially inspired by my own need for courage during a bleak period of my life. I channeled much of my fear, anger, and grief into the character of Lindy Tremaine, and we both came out on the other side as better, stronger, more faith-filled women.
But as I’ve worked on my book proposal, I’ve started to worry that this title may be too vague for publishers–and for readers. It certainly doesn’t give much indication about what kind of story this is. In fact, when I discussed it with one of my sisters, she said “Lionhearted” could easily be the title of a medieval or high fantasy novel–NOT the impression I want to give.
Thankfully, the story itself offers another possibility! In one of the most critical moments of the novel, Lindy’s superior officers hand her a classified file containing the biggest secret in the Kellan Star System: “Operation Lionhearted.” I could make this the title of the book. Not only is Operation Lionhearted the point on which the entire novel stands (spoiler alert!), but adding the word “Operation” to the title gives it more of an adventurous, quasi-military, Mission Impossible vibe.
Now, however, let’s throw in the feedback of several of my Twitter friends, who suggested “Operation Lionheart” instead. I’m concerned that that title may carry medieval connotations as well (anybody thinking of Richard the Lionheart?), but it’s still a legitimate option.
Here are the results from a poll I conducted on Twitter this past weekend:
That’s pretty close–but it doesn’t account for the unexpected addition of “Operation Lionheart,” and it’s still only 44 votes. So I open the question to a somewhat larger audience–and this time I’m including the third option. If you already voted on Twitter, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO VOTE AGAIN! I want to gather as much feedback as possible at this point!
On your mark…get set…VOTE! (It’s more fun than a presidential election, anyway.)