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My agent is currently reviewing my manuscript. That still sounds weird for me to say. Her changes were VERY minor (I'm still stunned at how little she wanted to change and how easy what she did want me to change was to do!), but I have a couple ideas that, while very easy to implement, could have a big impact on the book. Haven't had a chance to talk with her yet, but I thought I'd see what people had to say. The first is changing the book's title and the second is changing the name of a major, albeit silent (not her fault, she's a dog!), character. Anyone can vote with their gut reaction to the title and character name. If you vote for something else, please leave your idea in the comment section. Thanks!

Poll #1896920 WIP Opinions


"Tapestry Threads"
Something else

Dog's Name?

"White Rose"
Something Else


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Feb. 17th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
RE: Title, I'd wait to talk it over with your agent since they might have ideas that they think are more market-friendly. And of course, titles change so often from what they were on drafts that if an editor really wants it, the title is the least of their concerns until they've gotten it through editorial board.

RE: White Rose, I do think another name might suit better, but I've never been quite convinced of either of those options. They both work, but I do feel like something else might feel more right. I just wish I had some suggestions for you, but it's been over a year since I last read it I'm afraid I can't recall her personality enough ATM :-/
Feb. 18th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, I keep thinking of the title and how it is likely to change anyway. I just like the look of a one-word title, especially since the tapestry takes a back seat much of the story.

No problem, thanks for input!
Feb. 17th, 2013 05:57 am (UTC)
On the title, I think you shouldn't bother trying to come up with anything new unless your agent asks you to. In my experience, it's very likely that the publisher is just going to email you one day saying, "Hey, marketing came up with this title that we all really love, and we hope you love it too, since we already started producing marketing materials with it. Thanks!" It's just not worth the energy unless your agent thinks it needs to change prior to going out on sub.

As for a dog's name, what about Weaver...?
Feb. 18th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
Hah, true! Only reason I'm thinking of changing it is I'm not 100% happy with it, plus I like the idea of it being the name of the dog, but not immediately obvious.

Hm! I like that, both for the book and as a dog's name in general! Not sure my MC would name her that, though.
Feb. 18th, 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
I'm just flitting in with my gut reaction to "Tapestry Threads." It sounds like a watered-down medievalish fantasy in which people (probably a hippie woman transported into the past) sit around weaving and thinking. They're passive and not much happens. There's probably an inspid romance with some dude in a kilt.

"Thread" sounds like horror (it's obeying the one-word-title-rule). Probably wormy aliens from outer space.

I like it as a name for the dog though.
Feb. 18th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Hah, that's been my thinking of the TT title lately (especially since I stumbled across one that had a teen transported to the past via the Tapestries in the Cloisters and she had the SAME NAME AS MY MC!!!). No kilts in mine, and hopefully they aren't passive.

Ugh, now I'm thinking of a horrible display at a vet we used to go to of a real dog heart infected with heartworm. Shudder...
Feb. 20th, 2013 04:13 am (UTC)
I forgot to leave my comment! White Rose feels clunky to me as a dog's name. Thread is better, but still doesn't grab me. I like the title, though. But weaving doesn't seem like a passive thing to me, especially as the title of a book. I see it as the threads of story being woven together.
Feb. 20th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've felt for a long time that it's clunky. I think I will end up going with Thread for the dog's name if agent thinks that's a good move. Might change TT to be the overall name of series rather than book. Hm...
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