by Daniel L Rappaport
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."
- Dr. Seuss
• The Spellbook
• Spark the Flying Frog
• The Legend of the Lost Rose
This is the current trilogy of the works of Daniel L Rappaport, which are part of the current legacy that is Pazzaria Productions.
What's in a book title? This is a great question. After all, it's often one of the first things that people see, when browsing for books and it is of great importance.
Do I name it after a main character? An important event in the story? Keep it short? Make it long? Etc...
I will just tell you about my own journey, and perhaps something can be learned from that?
I wrote the entire trilogy completely backwards. After all, it's important to know the end, so that you know how to get there. The Legend of the Lost Rose is the longest and is the first of the three.
Then, I saw that in film, prequels were all the rage. So, I thought that I might try my hand at one, and write Spark the Flying Frog.
Sales and marketing wise, something just wasn't quite right. The two works didn't fit into the Pazzaria Productions' mission statement quite well enough.
Then, it hit me. Ah ha! A third work to tie the other two together! It makes perfect sense!
The Legend of the Lost Rose is, at it's core, a legend. The rose plays a heavy role in the book, so I thought that I would include that. It's kind of lost, and kind of not, depending upon who you ask. During the writing of the book, the title just sort of hit me.
I didn't question it too much. I don't really sit around and mull over much of what I do. I am confident that my work is good and more often then not, I just want to get it out there.
For Spark the Flying Frog, I wanted to center around the main character. A tiny frog, with wings, flying about is totally cute and adorable. For this one, I knew the name before I wrote the work, because I had written The Legend of the Lost Rose.
For The Spellbook, I wanted to do something that centered around the wizard coven, in The Legend of the Lost Rose, just a bit. Or, at least, this idea of Wicca being the central backbone religion of the planet of Light (where everything takes place).
Keep the titles short or long?
I am always a fan of short titles. Well, at least, as short as I can make them, while still getting the message across. You don't want to write the book on the front cover of
The title serves as a name. It works in a similar psychological way that a brand for a company does. It's your very first entrance into what the book is about.
So, these are my thoughts on book titles. Keep 'em short, engaging and certainly have something to do with the work!