aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Title, title, who’s got a title?

I am now 3 for 3 with my YAs - editors wanting the title changed.

The latest was called Shadows Walking Backward. The title was taken from an incident where one of the two main characters loses her sight when a car coming up behind them at night veers off the road. (Side note: if you are ever walking on a dark road, watch what happens to your shadow when a car comes up behind you. It's pretty cool.)

Anyway, here's the basics:

Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne and 17-year-old Griffin meet in a shopping mall parking lot. Sick, she's lying down in the back of her step-mom's Escalade. He's there stealing Christmas presents from parked cars. But when he sees the keys dangling from the ignition, Griffin can't resist bringing the car home, where his dad makes a living selling stolen cars and car parts.

When he realizes he's also stealing a girl, Griffin panics. He takes Cheyenne home, even after he learns she's blind, hoping his dad can help him figure out what to do.

Once his dad learns that Cheyenne is also the daughter of a famous athletic apparell company's president, he decides to ask for ransom. But Griffin wonders if his dad will really let Cheyenne go.

Cheyenne and Griffin find themselves tested in ways they never thought possible. Ambushes, escapes, double-crosses, murder and a junkyard dog all figure into the plot. Oh, and the reader will also learn more about what it's like to be blind.

Of course, a lot of appeal for a YA is doing to be in the cover art, which I have no control over. A title should be provocative, or ask a question, or add a layer.

Any ideas? Here’s an article about how to choose a title that may help.

As usual, there could be a book in it for you.

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