Rescuing Jack was once titled Please Don't Touch. Yes it was. And it was actually submitted as that and accepted as that and it wasn't until the first editor at Dreamspinner Press suggested Rescuing Jack that the name was changed. And I like it much more now though, in the context of the book, Please Don't Touch makes sense. But its getting people to go far enough past the idea of don't touch this book to having it make sense.
A title, like a cover, are there to influence the reader into making the decision to buy a book. Yes its about werewolves and its a hurt/comfort MM story with an HEA and some fun side characters. Like Jeremy. But you'll meet him tomorrow when it comes out. If you get it. Please go get it. I think you'll like it.
But anyway. Titles need to grab the attention of a reader almost more than a cover because sometimes covers aren't even listed. You may see a title on a giveaway list or other place where the cover isn't there. Both need to work together and a book called Rescuing Jack was never going to have a bright happy pink cover. No way. The dark cover works for it, hiding Jack and letting Marius stand there to protect him. Which the blurb lets on about.
But the title needs to come through and Please Don't Touch wasn't going to do it. Rescuing Jack works better. If I was a reader now I'm wondering who is Jack and why does he need rescuing. Was he kidnapped? Is he hurt? What is wrong with this man that he needs rescuing? At least that's the thought process that goes through my brain when I read a title.
Some titles are simply funny though. Magically Delicious is about a leprechaun and there's oral sex. Its supposed to make you snicker and smirk. Marked by Grief is titled that way because it explains the story perfectly but also because, as those of you have been through grief know, it leaves marks on you much the same way that love does. You have to really love someone to be able to grieve over them and so that title was perfect for it. I'm workable with titles to a certain degree but some will never be changed.
Character names on the other hand are a no go. Marius could never have been Mark and Jack was always himself. My characters names are sometimes random but they're what works for those characters.
Drop me a note tomorrow letting me know what you thought of Rescuing Jack if you read it. I'm at a few places tomorrow doing interviews and blog posts for the release and there wil