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Title Change [Apr. 20th, 2011|07:43 am]
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The third book in the Paladin's Legacy group had a temporary (it turned out) title of Crisis of Vision.   However, in a flurry of transcontinental and trans-Atlantic emails Monday and Tuesday, it acquired a new (and, I hope, permanent) title: Echoes of Betrayal.  

It's the same story, though with a new title I can feel some paragraphs wanting to align themselves with the new title instead of the old--but the book's in production now.  Titles decided on early affect the story while it's being written. Titles decided on late have much less (often no) effect on the story.

Titles are a strange form of writing.    The title needs to convey something about the book--and if in a group of books with a single story arc, it needs to connect to the other books and their titles.  It also needs to intrigue the right readership and resonate with the various themes and plots and subplots, so readers don't put it down thinking "How does that title relate to that text???"  Titles can suggest genre and even subgenre: right now, non-mystery-genre titles with "blood" in them strongly suggest vampire stories.   Like cover art, titles are mostly connected to marketing, but by being words, titles also connect to the text of the story itself. 

And that's why the thesauruses and dictionaries and pads of paper were in use in three different offices.   Echoes of Betrayal will be out sometime next spring.
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[User Picture]From: keristor
2011-04-20 01:06 pm (UTC)
I already have it pre-ordered as "Untitled Paksenarrion: Book Three: Paladin's Legacy: Book Three", due out 1st March next year accoring to Amazon UK. The date is, I suspect, a product of Amazon's random date generator, and I'll be keeping watch on it to see whether it actually gains a name nearer the release.

When you say it's "in production", what stage is that? It could mean almost anything.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-20 02:34 pm (UTC)
Right now: copy editing. I get the copy edits back in late May.
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[User Picture]From: zenfrodo
2011-04-21 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm probably displaying a lot of ignorance here, but if it's still in a copy-editing phase, why can't the publishers still make changes to the text, if you feel such changes need to be made?

(next spring, next spring -- ARRRGGGH, it can't get here fast enough!)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-21 05:32 pm (UTC)
Copy editing is indeed a point at which changes are usually made, but not big structural changes. Changes on the order of "oops, used that unusual word three times in one paragraph" or "awkward sentence; smooth it out" and such. Copy editors and writers often don't agree, and so there's back and forth with Editor-editor refereeing.

If I wanted to play cut & add with whole scenes, at this point, it would be a sign that I hadn't written the book properly in the first place (and/or Editor had done a poor job of asking for and approving revisions. My Editors are better than that.)
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[User Picture]From: zenfrodo
2011-04-22 04:53 am (UTC)
Gotcha.
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[User Picture]From: silverbackbutch
2011-04-20 01:21 pm (UTC)
I'm ready!
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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2011-04-20 02:05 pm (UTC)
Just the title change makes me think the story is going in a different direction than I had thought based on the old temporary title. With the old one I was thinking it would focus on people having to rethink what they see as reality and reconcile their vision of the world as it should be with their living in the world as it is. With the new title I tend to think it has more of the things that happened in the past (e.g. Kieri's actions in Oath of Gold) having an affect on his situation in the current book ... well that and some of Dorrin's relatives.

Either way, I am really looking forward to the book and am very grateful that you spend the time sharing snippets of what you do with us.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-20 02:36 pm (UTC)
It's actually both...and the past stuff goes farther back. Although how far back isn't clear until later.

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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2011-04-20 03:40 pm (UTC)
Oohhhh ... now I'm really curious. I won't ask any more questions because the questions I would ask would possibly be spoilers for others (based on stuff in Kings) OR would be in the "information not available yet". I look forward to more hints and snippets down the road.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-20 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yup. Very spoilerish. Sorry.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-04-20 04:14 pm (UTC)

*bouncebouncebounce*

Ooo, I love the new title! Of course, I rather liked the old one, too. But without spoilers, I am eagerly anticipating!

Masterful job of weaving the story, as usual, Elizabeth! Books 1 and 2 were fantastic, and my daughter and I are rereading. Husband hopes to read soon, when he can pry the books out of our hands. 1 and 2 have both been subjects of book reports for daughter's class, so you are getting additional readership, too! :)

~Gretchen in Minneapolis
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-20 04:24 pm (UTC)

Re: *bouncebouncebounce*

Thanks! Glad you're enjoying them.
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[User Picture]From: gotica
2011-04-20 04:52 pm (UTC)
The new title definitely has a ring to it, I feel as though it links in well with Kings of the North and the betrayals which occurred in it that echo on in the future writings.

I read it far too quickly and I lament that the potential year away for your next is far, far too long a time to last.

I saw snippets in Kings where I thought would lead on to story arcs within the next book and I can't wait to find out if my guesses are right or not.

Thank you, I really do enjoy the work that you produce and am ever so glad that you came about to expanding on Deed.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-21 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you like it.
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[User Picture]From: litch
2011-04-20 11:00 pm (UTC)
What's your favorite title?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-21 05:37 pm (UTC)
My favorite title is the Italian title for Sheepfarmer's Daughter, because it sounds like an opera (or operetta) by Donizetti or Rossini: "La Figlia del Pastore." I can almost hear the music. (The libretto would have to differ some from the book, but then libretti often do...)

Other than that, and across all 23 books...I don't know. Some have been more effective titles than others, but that includes a few that are in my personal top half (beyond that...they're my babies; how can I choose?)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-21 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love it too.
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