--I've been working on getting my proposal for my memoir/book of essays ready to send to agents. It occurs to me that I should settle on a title.
--My memoir looks at trying to balance my life as a creative person, my life as an administrator at a for-profit school, and my life as a church going Lutheran. For a long time, I was loving the title "Monk or Marxist."
--Last summer, when I brainstormed book titles with a group of creative friends, however, they didn't like that title. I wrote about the experience in a blog post. My friends came up with a different title: "It's Hard to Be a Goddess in the Corporate World. One of us thought that was too long and voted for Goddess in the Corporate World."
--But I'm not really a goddess. And to me, that's a different book. I would pick it up expecting a book about pagan spirituality. Or maybe something fluffier, like make-up, hair, and fashion tips for women with corporate jobs.
--Gods of Corporate Academe?
--Let me take a classic approach to titling a book; let me look at chapter titles. Here are some which seem possible:
--Incubating the Improbable (probably too many big words for a catchy title?)
--Ministries of Interruptions
--Mac and Cheese Eucharist (would people expect a motherhood memoir?)
--Setting Sail in Tiny Boats
--Of those title possibilities, I'm pulled to Ministries of Interruptions. It's clear and it gives a sense of the book. The words are familiar. I would pick up that book and read it.
--Would others be pulled to that title?
--Over the week-end, I'll flip through the manuscript and see if anything leaps out at me. And soon I'm off to spin class. I often get solutions when I'm spinning away in the dark.
--Spinning in the Dark. Now there's a title! A title for a different book, alas.
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