I’ve talked about my issues with figuring out a title for my book a few weeks ago. I don’t know why I’ve struggled so much with finding a title since I’ve never had this issue before with the stuff I have written. I usually think of titles before I even start writing, but not this time. This time, I was stuck.
This book that I’m currently writing will be my first published book (once I figure out how I’m going to publish it…). To me, it’s like my first child. I have to take care of it and make sure that I do my best to make sure that it’s successful once it’s published. That’s my job. So, yeah, there’s some pressure to make sure the title fits the book itself. Why? Because people don’t only judge books by their covers but also by their titles.
I’ve been at bookstores and seen some pretty ridiculous titles for books. I’m not even sure where those authors came up with the titles in the first place. Some of them didn’t even fit what the story was about. Am I guilty of judging books by titles? Absolutely. I’ll be honest with you. I think a title should fit the work itself. A serious novel deserves a serious title. A funny novel deserves a more funnier title. That’s just my opinion.
So, lately, I’ve been making a list of ideas for a title for my book. It’s about that time I stop calling it “the book” or “w.i.p”. It deserves a title… a name. An identity, perhaps. I’ve crossed out a lot of ideas and tried to picture what would be appropriate.
I think I’ve figured it out.
So here it is…. the title for my zombie apocalyptic novel. Get ready.
It’s called (I’m kinda nervous, I’m not going to lie haha):
The Risen Dead
I don’t know why I kept going back to those three words. It just seems to fit. I thought about calling it Harvest of the Risen Dead since it is mostly set in rural Kansas but I don’t know. Harvest makes it sound like the characters are harvesting zombies or something haha.
So that’s the title. That’s it. I like it. It’s simple and I’m pretty sure people will realize I’m talking about zombies haha. I hope. Since I’m planning on writing a sequel to this book, this title has already helped me figure out a title for that book, so I don’t have to stress out over that one… always a nice silver lining, right?