When I was writing the story, The Incubus and The Asexual was a placeholder title. I do that a lot since titles are hard, y'all. That title gave some info about the story enough despite sounding a bit like a cheesy PNR. I didn't have a better title, so I went with it.
As I have with past books, I hired Sunrise Author Services is helping me get the word out. I've had good success with them before with getting reviews for Being Human and Michael, PoA1. This time, we weren't getting many bites. I wondered if it was the title. People were turned off by that. SAS agreed, so I decided to change the title.
It actually wasn't as hard as previous titles. I considered a play on words with video game terms since Quinn and Keane are gamers. Limit Break caught my attention, but didn't really fit. I googled title generators and clicked for ideas.
Eventually, I ended up with the title, Tempting Friendship. Not a play on video games, but a bit of a play on romance since Keane is an incubus. Plus, it does fit the story. Keane and Quinn are attempting a friendship. A quick email to my cover artist and the title was changed. Then I had to change all my banners, tweak the file on Amazon, and get it changed on Goodreads.
What do you think of the new title? If you're a writer, have you ever done a last minute change for a new release?
When I was writing a story that so far is only titled Mmm, Brains because I can't figure out a real title, I had a character surprise me. He stated that another character had Tourettes Syndrome. I paused because that was news to me. When she first introduced herself she didn't say anything that made me think that. She just swore. A lot.
If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that every so often I switch up the theme. It's like a bug that bites me and I spend a few hours playing around with themes and fonts instead of writing.
This time around, I not only got caught up in the theme, but playing with my banners for all my social media. I've heard the advice that you want a cohesive theme among them all to establish your brand, so I was making sure all the fronts were similar or the same as well as the color scheme. Then I started messing with my tagline.
For a long time, I had the tagline: Discovering creativity through words. It was apt because I had discovered the creativity of words were as before I only really saw creativity in terms of art. But that tagline didn't really tell you what I wrote. This was something I knew I needed to fix, but had no idea how to. Then I realized that my Patreon had the perfect tagline: Fiction you can sink your fangs into.
It's catchy and a bit cheeky and tells you that my stories will have creatures not of this world. They can be vampires, werewolves, or even aliens. It only took me seven years to figure this out, and maybe now I can solidify a brand for readers to know me by.
This past Tuesday as I was browsing on Twitter, I saw a tweet about writers not being machines. It was part of a thread that was inspired by James Gunn.
I'm not a daily writer. I tried at the beginning of this year and managed (aside from the days where I was in NC helping with my brother's death) but found it sucked the joy out of writing. I can sit down and write when I'm not feeling in the mood. Doing so often gets me in the mood. The problem here was, that never happened. I was tapped dry and hating it. (I blogged about it here.)
Plus, I have chronic illnesses and fatigue I'm trying to find a cause for (so far, no luck.) There are days when I'm in so much pain that writing isn't an option. There are days when the pain killers I take make it so I can't keep my eyes open. There are days breathing is a chore. Writing doesn't happen. I quoted tweeted Mr. Gunn saying on those days I would love to be writing instead, but it just wasn't possible. I said write every day only seems to work when you're 100% healthy.
Then Naomi Barton, a twitter buddy, quoted tweeted it as well.
I offered the suggestion that would you expect an athlete to train when injured? We both agreed the original tweet was about people who were able sitting around and waiting for their muse instead of just doing it.
But still, I'm not a fan of write every day. In the original tweet, accountants was brought up. Sure, they go to work every day, but they also have days off. They clock out and don't think about their job.
Why is writing different? Why are we expected to spend every day and every waking hour writing words? Why are we guilt tripped for taking a day off? Do other artists have the same expectations?
Yes, it is good to sit down and make yourself write when you don't feel like it. Discipline is not a dirty word. It can motivate to the muse to start working. But writers aren't machines. We are human and sometimes we just need a day off to watch Netflix and not feel guilty that we aren't writing.
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