I didn't nest at the end of my first two pregnancies. I think I'm making up for it this time around. Yes, I have triple nesting syndrome. And let me tell you trying to scrub and scour, especially those hard to reach places that I haven't cleaned in way too long for me to mention here, is not only exhausting but extremely difficult with this HUGE, and by huge I mean GINOROMOUS stomach. In the past two days the baby must have doubled in size. I'm NOT exaggerating. No kidding.
I am being induced on December 21. Unless he decides to come earlier than that. He'll be 39 weeks that day. I'm not placing any bets that he'll come earlier.
Feel free to.
And there is no way to tie that info to writing. So I'm just going to switch topics now.
We've covered TITLES on this blog before because we were surprised to learn over the summer (@ WOC and I believe through a query contest @ Mother. Write. Repeat with agent Sara LaPolla) that TITLES MATTER. We always figured they'll be changed later so why spend a heck of a lot of time sweating over the title.
BUT if our last post on how titles matter didn't convince you, maybe this post (by agent Suzie Townsend ) will. See it here. (And yes, apparently she requested 37 manuscripts from her last query contest. Mine was not one of them. Remember? YA contemporary is too hard to sell right now. (Especially mine because it does not stand out in a crowd. *sniff*)
Personally, I love choosing my title. Unfortunately, once I choose one (usually before I begin writing or shortly after getting going), and it stays the same. I grow attached.
I figure the best thing to do is choose a fitting title it when the novel is all said and done, but since when do I listen to my own advice?
I've recently started hanging out and posting stuff at Query Tracker (Did you know they had forums there? I didn't. They're nice and very helpful.) Besides just critiquing my query, one person commented on my title and why it didn't work for them. Nobody has ever commented on my title before, so it was a bit of an eye opener for me. It made me realize that people will have an opinion on it and it may determine whether or not they choose to read/crit my stuff.
The same goes for agents.
So, put a little extra thought into how your title represents AND SELLS your manuscript!