"A TITLE FIGHT"by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew JacobsonYou've probably heard the saying, writing is rewriting. Well, as an author, you always have to be open to change. Even with your book's title. When we first submitted our book, THE FAMILIARS, to publishers, it was called THE FAMILIARS: ANIMAL WIZARDRY. We thought that adding the phrase ANIMAL WIZARDRY would help young readers understand what might have been a foreign term to them: familiars, or animals who cast magic. But our experienced editors at Harper Collins (US) thought that it would be catchier if the book was just titled THE FAMILIARS. And we absolutely agreed. But not everyone did. In fact in England the first book of the series is actually called THE FAMILIARS: ANIMAL WIZARDRY. And in other countries, like Germany, the word Familiar is not used at all. In fact, when translated, they just called the book ANIMAL WIZARDS. And this is our favorite: the Japanese title is translated as ALDWYN THREE FAMILIARS WITCH BLACK CAT ADVENTURE JOURNEY.When it was time to come up with titles for book number two, we had quite a few rejected before landing on SECRETS OF THE CROWN. They included CROWN OF THE SNOW LEOPARD, PATH OF THE FATHER, PAWS OF DESTINY, SONG OF SECRETS, and PATH OF DESTINY.A title can be some of the most important words of an entire book. You have to capture a reader's interest immediately. A parent or teacher must be persuaded to pick a book up off a bookshelf. Sometimes they come to you immediately, other times they change until the book is completed.We can tell you here exclusively that we've already come up with the title for The Familiars Book Three.There's THE FAMILIARS, THE FAMILIARS: SECRETS OF THE CROWN........and coming in 2012 THE FAMILIARS: CIRCLE OF HEROES.SECRETS OF THE CROWN is in bookstores and online September 6th. You can learn more at http://www.thefamiliars.com/.
QUICK NOTE...Update: 1/2/19
The blog is slowly coming back on line. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. So, reading and blogging (as much as I adore it) have to take a back burner. I've finally reached a stage in all this chaos that I feel that I can try to take a few baby steps back into the blogging world. A post here, a post there, and who knows. Hope you stay along for the ride!