Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Man oh MAN!

So the Art of Procrastination, which I have down to a science now, just bit me in the butt again.

Remember my posts about the small town book I was working on? I was going to call it RUMOR HAS IT (it's all about rumors in a small town). And just now on TV I heard an ad for a new movie with Jennifer Aniston in it with that title! (I don't watch much tv, so if this isn't "new", ignore that part.) I couldn't BELIEVE IT!

Coming up with titles is no easy thing - Rah! Now I gotta think of a new one for it. *grumble*cuss*grumble*


Dadio said...

Um, Brenda. You really don't watch much TV if you haven't seen the ads for that one. You must not read a lot of magazines or newspapers either.


Brenda Bradshaw said...

Nope, I don't watch a lot of tv. The tv is always on, but it's usually on Nick, Jr. or something like that. And I do read magazines, but Cosmo and Woman's Day, and hadn't seen the ad. Don't read the newspaper at all though.

I did pick up another magazine last night and saw a HUGE back ad for it. Ugh.

Diana Peterfreund said...

I wouldn't worry about it, Brenda. There are several reasons this doesn't matter in the slightest, and you should not expend energy trying to come upw ith a new title. 1) In fact, it's more common for romance novels to come out with books of a given title if there has been a movie of that title. I see it all the time. 2) In addition, the movie is coming out now, and you are working on the book now? It will probably be at least a year and a half before there's even a chance of seeing your book on the shelves... possible longer, so by that time, it will all be forgotten, and 3) publishers change book titles constantly. Right now, you're just looking for a working title, something to gain the attention of the publisher. I like the current title.

Brenda Bradshaw said...

Thanks, Diana, and HI! I haven't talked to you in forever! Hope all is well in your world.

I know, and you're totally right, and I KNOW you're right and all of those are extremely valid points, but it was still like a sucker-punch. This is a GOOD book, and I'm not about to let something like a title screw me over, yanno? A year ago, something that small would have given me reason to not work on it anymore, but now I know to let the story tell itself and let the editors and marketing worry about the title.

Kelly said...

I hate when that happens! And I'm horrible at titles so when I find one I really like and then find someone else has already used it, makes me want to scream.

Josie said...

I named the heroine of my next historical novel Syriana because I thought the name was beautiful. And then boom! A movie called "Syriana" appears. Maybe I heard about the film and the name slipped into my subconscious. I'm not changing her name so by the time my novel is finished, maybe the movie will have faded from memory!