My publisher has decided, wisely I believe, that the title for my June ’09 book, After the Storm, is problematic. It is the sequel to Before the Storm, and even within the publishing house itself, the title has given rise to confusion as people try to recall which book they’re talking about. In addition, it’s a title with more “acquired resonance” than “automatic resonance,” as we discussed a few posts ago. In other words, now we need to look for something more concrete and gripping.
So it’s back to the drawing board on a title for this book, and I would love to hear any ideas and thoughts you might have, since you all were so helpful with Before the Storm. Here are a few ideas my editor and I have come up with. We’re trying to still tie it to Before the Storm since it is a sequel. I was playing with the word Storm for that reason, but my editor thinks we should perhaps focus on the word After instead.
So you know, in this book one of the adult characters “goes missing” in chapter one and it is her story, as well as that of three of the teen characters, that we follow.
Why She Left
After She Left
What’s Left Unsaid
After the Fire
The Last to Know
The Secrets Left Behind
Let me know your thoughts. Of course, if I wind up using any of your ideas, you’ll receive a copy of . . . . whatever this book is called once it’s published!