Thanks for the emails that you wrote today, especially those of you who got such a kick out of the fact that I'd write a book and hate it's title (http://stephenhultquist.com/skiing.html). A few wanted to know why I didn't just insist on the publisher changing the title.
Ah, you of simple faith!
Sometimes, you've gotta know when to fight and know when to give in. This was one of those times when fighting was going to get me nowhere. You see, this book is one of a series by Dreamtime Publishing called the Open Your Heart series. If you think that the publisher is going to let one little ol' author change her idea of a great title for the series, you'd be dreamin'!
That doesn't mean I have to like it, though.
What's the problem with the title? First off, it's hard to say. Second, it doesn't really tell you anything about the book. Third, it just sounds lame.
But, you can't judge a book by it's cover... or its title.
I usually choose books based on the recommendation of others, and I'm a pretty extensive reader. I read a book last year called, "Velvet Elvis", but never would have picked it up had it not been recommended by my friend Jason. Books like Weems Westfeldt's "Brillian Skiing, Every Day" have great titles (and I am forever grateful to Weems to his encouragement in my writing of OYHwS and his willingness to read it and to write the forward). But, Weems had much more control than I did.
For my next book, I'll have more control. And for the one after that...
Of course, you still might not like the title.
But, I guarantee that you'll get something from the book. Give it a read and tell me what you think.
Stephen Sven Hultquist
PS Yeah, the title stinks. But, the book's actually very good: