Good morning, Ladies! Have I mentioned lately that you are awesome? Your thoughts on the non-fiction book about "sharing the Bread of Life without saying a word" have been incredibly helpful. I love your ideas about using real life stories (I'll be hitting you up for those!), "quizzes", and hard-hitting, down to the nitty-gritty stuff, as well as a chapter on actually using words once someone has ears to hear. I'm definitely taking notes.
Your biggest concern about the idea was the title. Most of you seemed to think that "Do I Have To Be a Freak To Be a Christian?" wasn't going to cut it. Since the title is the first thing that attracts a potential reader's attention, it has to be pretty much perfect, and because I trust your judgement on what would pull you in, I'm nixing that one and am starting with a clean slate. Want to help?
I would say that about 8 times out of 10, the publisher doesn't use the titles I suggest (what they call the "Working Title") For instance, my working title for Motorcycles, Sushi, and One Strange Book was Crazy Chick. Jane Austen's working title for Pride and Prejudice was Elinor and Marianne. I have sat in on titling sessions with publishers and creative teams, and I know how they arrive at the final titles, (and it isn't by pushing the Easy button!) so if you want, we can follow their process here.
If you're up for it, here's how it works:
(1) Everybody suggests the titles that come into their heads and it all goes up on a big white board. There's no discussion, no critiquing. Everything goes up there without comment. Here, just post as many ideas as you want to in your comments, but don't respond to each other's ideas yet.
(2) Once they get a significant number of ideas to work with, they go through as a group and eliminate the ones that clearly aren't going to work - they're not clear or they send the wrong message, that kind of thing. Here I'll just quietly drop those from the list and in my post simply name the ones we can work with. If you want to know why yours wasn't quite there, you can email me privately.
(3) Then they focus on each of the remaining suggstions, one by one, and discuss them. In that process, the group usually comes to a concensus that some could be crossed out. Here, I'll list the semi-finalists and open the blog to discussion. You know how to critique kindly, as you've shown in your comments over the last twenty-four hours. Nicely done.
(4) The titling team then gets the list down to five at the most and after a little more discussion, they vote. Often the vote isn't necessary because as they talk, they usually see which is the best one for the project. Here, I'll do a post listing the two to five that you all seem to like and you'll be asked to vote.
Nobody knows better than you do what's going to appeal to teen girls, so I am genuinely committed to letting you come up with a title. It may not be the one the publisher decides to use, but it'll be a whole lot better than what I come up with!
Up for it? Then let's start with Step One. Post as many ideas as you want to in your comments, but don't respond to each other's ideas yet. Don't even filter your own ideas -- just post what comes into your head. (It isn't unusual to see some hilarious suggestions that you know aren't going to be used but they're fun to think about!)
I'm jazzed about this, because I think your involvement gives you a chance to do exactly what the book is about: sharing the Bread in very real ways. First ya gotta get somebody's attention, right?