April 3rd, 2009

You’ve seen multiple covers with the same image – what about books with the same title

Two books with the same title from the same publisher just wouldn’t do, as the New York Observer reports. “Joanna Smith Rakoff had just turned in a major set of rewrites on her novel, Brooklyn, when her editor at Scribner broke the news to her over dinner that she would have to change its title. It seemed that Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, a Scribner author since 2000 who has been twice short-listed for the Booker Prize, wanted to use it for his forthcoming book, which was scheduled to come out this spring, just a month after Ms. Rakoff’s.”

Now if they hadn’t been with the same publisher, there might still be two Brooklyns. After all, there are two Cloud Atlases. I’ve even had a title doubled up on: Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box and my Heart-Shaped Box, a coincidence Joe and I had a brief discussion about on MySpace.

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Five Things on a Friday

1. I'm leaving soon to go speak to a group of librarians in a town about an hour from here. My co-speaker is GM Ford. I'm a planner, so I emailed Jerry and asked what he was going to talk about. Jerry, who I would guess does far more public speaking than I do, is obviously not a planner. He said he was going to figure out what he was going to talk about as he was driving over.

2. I'm nervous.

3. I'm almost done with my editoral letter for my next YA. They want to change the name. So far, that's three for three on my YA titles.
a. "Point & Shoot" became "Shock Point"
b. "Fire, Kiss, Electric Chair" became "Torched"
c. "Shadows Walking Backward" will become ??

4. The writing class I'm going to be teaching filled up in three days. It even has a waiting list.

5. I have read so many books where a new recruit or a new farmhand must exert himelf to the point where by the end of the day he is physically exhausted. Each night, the character falls into a deep dreamless sleep. Now that I'm taking Pilates, kickboxing, Kung Fu, AND boot camp, I realize this is a lie. You can't sleep because you HURT too much.

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