Yes! I am so excited that my book has a new title. I was technically on a blogging break when this happened, so here it is, in all its Control-ishness.
When I first wrote my book, the original title, THE FOUNTAIN, was the first thing that popped into my mind. Somehow, it managed to stick like Gorilla glue with an OCD complex.
I knew it had to change. I knew from the very beginning. The title didn't encompass more than a single aspect of the book, and that wasn't good enough for me.
Plus, Darren Aronofsky already has a movie with this title. It scored slightly more rotten than fresh by critics on Rotten Tomatoes. I don't know about you, but when I'm eating a tomato, "slightly more rotten than fresh" doesn't cut it. Call me a food snob, but...
...anyway. I digress.
So I made a huge list of other titles that were mildly sucktacular. Possibly stinktacular. I submitted them to my über-editor, Kathy Dawson, but luckily, this one popped into her brain.
It has several meanings (none of which I can go into, for spoiler reasons.) But when I first heard it, I admit I was surprised. I guess I thought my title would end up being something like:
The Unbearable Lightness of Not Being My Main Character
How I Stopped Worrying and Love the Process of Revision
Bore-me: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Lydia
But instead, it was simply CONTROL. And it's perfect.
Me = Happy.
So--how do you find the perfect title for your work? Do you get it on the first try, or go through many changes? Oh, and if you can--tell me the title of your current WIP! Pretty please? With non-FD&C-red-and-preservative-free cherries on top?