They are either an author’s nemesis or best friend. Usually I’m good at titles. Bluebeard’s Machine just popped into my head one day and perfectly summed up my book: a retelling of Bluebeard, but with clones and a body-as-machine paradigm. I titled three of Moira Rogers’ Southern Arcana books: Crux, Crossroads and Cipher.
And then there’s this little book. A supervillain… sort of… novella forthcoming from Carina Press. I’d originally titled it Henching, but Henching is a made-up word and a lot of people don’t know what it means. Ergo, no good. And although I pummelled my brain, I couldn’t come up with anything better. Henchman Blues? No. Working Class Villains? No good either.
The Carina Press marketing team is working at it too, and came up with How to Date a Henchman. Whether or not the title will stick is to be seen. Stay tuned for updates!