We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
Does anyone ever read the bio information in blogs? Or do you read it the first time you read that writer’s blog and then just skim past it from then on? I think that’s probably what I do. Well, maybe I glance at it once in a while, but I don’t really read it when it’s a writer I’m familiar with.
Anyone who has been reading my bio information recently has probably noticed that the name of my pending book keeps changing. Probably a bit confusing in case you are actually waiting to purchase it.
Although I adopted the name Web Wisdom some months ago, the title never really resonated with me. Don’t know why i didn’t question it earlier, but I didn’t. I guess as a major event—like a hurricane or publishing your first book—looms closer you start having all sorts of second thoughts and third thoughts.
Those of you who are published probably remember what a momentous deal that first one was. Those who have never had one published have no idea the pressures involved, particularly when you self-publish. There are a million and one details to tie down, and you wonder about your handling of each one of them. At least I do.
Could the cover be prettier or more attention-getting? What do I put in my bio? Is the title the best I could come up with?
The other morning as I walked and talked with God, the title began to bother me more and more. I decided it didn’t convey anything meaningful to the potential book-buyer. I had to change it.
People who knew what the book is about had commented that it was like the Chicken Soup books. Okay, that’s it. I’ll name it Christian Chicken Soup. I changed the title to that in my bio information and had the cover changed to reflect it. All of this without discussing it with anyone.
Then I told my wife about it, and she said that was wrong. I absolutely couldn’t do that. Even though there’s no copyright on titles, it would sound like a cheap trick of hitchhiking on the back of the popular series. She suggested Heaven Sent instead. My dear friend Jillian Dodd had suggested this title awhile back, and I don’t know why I didn’t pick it then.
The next morning on my walk, I asked God to give me wisdom about the name. Later, at breakfast with a dear Christian friend who is familiar with the content, I told him I was going to list three possible titles and asked him to tell me which was most likely to elicit his interest in buying the book. When I gave him those three options, Web Wisdom was by far his least favorite and Heaven Sent, his favorite.
So I emailed my cover designer, the wonderful Steena Holmes, once more and told her to charge me what she needed to but to make this change. Then I changed it again in my blog bios. I’ll try not to confuse you (or me) any more with this business.
What last-minute second-guessing have you experienced with book publication? Or with other major events in your life?
David N. Walker is a Christian father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago, and has six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his non-fiction Heaven Sent: 67 Stories of Godly Thoughts and Inspiration and starting his new fiction work—a series of novellas set during the period from 1860 to 1880.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me at @davidnwalkertx