“Working Title”

Hello, my poor neglected blog. I’m so sorry that I use and abuse you the way I do. I post to you only when I need something these days, then forget about you as soon as you’ve served your purpose. And for that, I apologize. But you see, you’re like the whiny, clingy college sophomore who begs for attention from post-grad guys when those post-grad guys have their sights set on wildly successful, popular women. And lately, I’ve been working with a manuscript that has the potential to be a wildly successful, popular woman. She is SO much more mature than anything else I’ve yet to complete (since, you know, everything else I’ve written is YA. And this, my friend, is no YA.). And she even has a few agents asking after her (EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!). This dirty mistress has been keeping me up at night, making me ignore my children, stealing any time she can get. But believe me, she might be worth it. So, dear blog, you have been given the cold shoulder. Until now. Because I need your help. 

You see, this manuscript needs a “working title,” which is a temporary name given to a project during its development. I need to stop calling this manuscript “the new one,” because what would I call it when I start working on the next manuscript? And I really need my husband to stop calling it the “sex and murder one” because my children are starting to ask questions. Besides, it’s more than just sex and murder. I’ve just yet to write anything else with sex or murder in it. But I digress. 

Blog, I’m using you to reach out to my friends to help me come up with a working title. So here are some things my friends might want to know in order to suggest a name:

1. The initial inspiration for the plot came from this Sara Bareilles song entitled “City” 

2. My Twitter pitch that hooked a few agents’ attention went something like this: “Sia always had her reservations about using her Siren Song to kill, but after falling for her last mark, she knows she can’t save everyone.”

3. That’s right, Sia (one of my two dual-perspective main characters) is a siren. Who kills people with her wickedly dark talents. But not by choice, really. She works for someone. But you’ll have to read the book to get all those juicy details. 

4. There are a lot of musical references, as well as Roman Catholic influence, and several times characters are found speaking Italian. 

5. If it weren’t for the “Hush, Hush” series, I would use “Crescendo” for a title and life would be great. But I can’t. 

I think that’s all that needs to be known at this point. Of course, after hashing all that out, I think I have a potential title in mind. But I’d still like to see if anyone out there can come up with something better. 

Thanks, blog. You’re tops. Let’s go catch a movie sometime, k? I’ll text you later. 

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2 Responses to “Working Title”

  1. michelle williams says:

    What you said on your description of the book is perfect, if it isn’t already taken, ‘ Her Siren Song,’ Or Sia’s Siren Song. Ya, I always go for the obvious. Good luck!

  2. SEIRENES HYMNODY. Daughter of Anthemusa.

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