Monday, April 09, 2007

A Book By Any Other Name

Most people don't realise just how little power an author has over her own book. The assumption is that if you wrote it, you're in control of how it turns out. But that's just not true.

In fact, the publisher has the final say on just about everything, including the book's title. So after some market research and a bit of internal debate, my book has a new title. I am now the author of:

Sex in a Tent: A wild couple's guide to getting naughty in nature

It all goes to support the general consensus that sex sells! Which doesn't mean that any of the other great stuff in the book (avoiding or resolving arguments, planning the right kind of trip, romantic meals etc.) is going away. It just means the more provocative side of the book is front and centre. So don't be confused when you see the book under its new title.
And when will you be seeing it, you ask? It looks like the release will happen in October, in time to get it to the top of everyone's holiday wish list.

More release news will appear here as I get it. In the mean time I'm looking forward to the abundant joys of proofreading, which should come my way pretty soon.

The only question remaining is - now that my book title has changed, does the name of my blog still make sense?

3 comments:

Determinist said...

3 things to make your life feel a little bit better:

1. I liked your old title better - the one that you came up with (more like "How to Shit in the Woods" - a classic)
2. Ultimately, you have the power and can always just pull out your book, although I'm sure you don't want to - you know you have the power.
3. You can easily change the name of your blog. ;-)

Maple Kiwi said...

Yeah, I don't think I'll be pulling the book from the publisher at this point. Among other things, I'd have to give back the advance! And to be fair, they did make a minor change to the title on my request, so it's not like they're ignoring me.

Anyway, thanks for the moral support!

Andy Chilton said...

In terms of the title of your blog, I don't think it's too far removed from the book's new title.

As a suggestion, you could always rename it "In a Tent" - works with both of them.