Friday, March 16, 2012

What's in a name?

You can't copyright a title, and that's a good thing. Sometimes a title works perfectly for more than one novel, especially years apart. I'm not precious about it.

When I decided on Split Decision it fit the story of a boxer caught between two difficult decisions. It echoes the outcome of a boxing match and the quandary Jimmy finds himself in. Perfect.
I haven't mentioned it here before, but there are other Split Decision's out there. A new one just went up. I find it fascinating.

I haven't read any of the others, but it's fun to think how utterly different books with the same title can be. And did the other authors feel as perfectly in sync with their titles? I'm sure they did.

The new one seems to be squarely in the 'Chick Lit' category. The brightly illustrated cover says it all.

There are two YA novels, one about gymnastics and one about baseball or something. One is some sort of psychic bondage novel. (?)

The one I'm really fascinated with is this one. While I wholeheartedly endorse the cover, the book description sounds horrifying. Did anyone else know there was a whole subgenre of "stepdad" erotica? What kind of weird fetish is that? It takes all kinds I guess. Again, I haven't read it. The writing might be great, y'know if you like stories about young girls and their stepdads having sex. Weird.

The sad thing about all this is that as of this writing, three out of five of those books are selling better than my Spit Decision. Yes, even that one.

Sheesh, I feel like I got gut punched worse than Jimmy did in chapter 6. Good news is I have way more reviews than they do. All 5-star too. Not that we couldn't use a few more. Just sayin', if you've read it - chime in.

Undaunted, work continues on my second Fightcard book, A Mouth Full Of Blood. I hit the 25,000 word mark and I'm almost done. I'll have a first draft by the weekend and then I can turn to a few other things that are pending, then go back and revise with fresh eyes and get this thing out by summer.

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