Why Do My Books Have Such Long-Winded Titles
Guest post by L.G. Keltner
Why do the novellas in the Self-Help 101 series have such long titles? I’ve gotten this question a few times, and I’m happy to answer it.
Believe it or not, I don’t typically use such long titles for my stories. Until recently, that was a bit of a rarity for me. Yet, the idea for the title of the first novella, Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family, came to me before I wrote the first sentence of the actual story. I was pondering the nature of self-help books and listened to the Pinky and the Brain theme song, and this idea popped into my head. I pictured someone writing a self-help book about how to take over the world, and I knew I wanted it to be funny.
As a kid, I saw the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. That film came into my mind due to the tone of it and what I wanted to do with this story. I also felt like a compound title of this kind suited the book I wanted to write. The main character Dani has plenty to say about the world she lives in, much of it snarky, and she expresses herself largely through her writing. It seemed appropriate that the title of her books should have just as much to say as she does.
The first reaction I got when I showed someone the title to the first novella was laughter. I received the same reaction when I revealed the title of this latest novella, Self-Help 101 or: How to Survive a Bombardment With Minimal Injury. I thought if a title can make someone laugh, maybe they’ll be interested in reading the book. A title is a promise, after all, and I wanted the titles of these books to promise a fun experience for the reader. I hope I delivered on that promise, but that’s another matter altogether.
Book 2 in the Self-Help 101 series
Dani Finklemeier has self-published her guide to taking over the world, but she still isn’t rich. Now she’s eighteen, still babysitting for money, and looking forward to starting college in the fall.
Of course, she has to survive a 4th of July outing with her family first. That’s a challenging prospect considering she has to be in close proximity with a group of cousins known as The Fallible Four. As if that weren’t enough, she also has to deal with the fallout of her parents learning more about her relationship with her boyfriend Seth than she ever wanted them to know.
The good news is that, if she survives this holiday, she’ll have plenty of material for another self-help book.
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About the Author
L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.
Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.
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