Those of you who have followed my blog over the past several months may be expecting Doppelganger, my exciting new novel, to be published this fall. Sadly, that’s not going to happen!
Let me tell you what’s happened. Two weeks ago I was biking on a sunny Saturday morning and thinking of something that had to be added to the Epilogue of the story. I had nearly completed the umteenth rewrite and was almost ready to send the manuscript on to the next step and then to the publishers. In order to obtain the copyright, ISBN, LOC control number, and complete the other necessary steps, specific information had to be provided to the Library of Congress. Naturally the title of the story is near the top of the list of copyright requirements. With the application form staring at me from my MacBook, I simply could not type in Doppelganger.
Some history. My first reader suggested that Doppelganger was an intriguing title, but it didn’t accurately capture what the story was about. That paranormal concept was certainly an important element but the story was something much more than doppelganger. At the time, months ago, I disagreed. While on that Saturday bike ride, it struck me that he was right. So was the character who was about to make his final bow in the epilogue. One of my characters knew more about my story than I did–how can that happen? The story is about a man’s journey– the man is a . . . . I’ve got to keep that to myself for now. Anyhow, I felt compelled to rename my story. Next, I contacted my reader primary readers, explained my dilemma, and solicited their input. They all agreed that ‘journey’, or something similar, should be reflected in the title. For three days we all went back and forth. I received some really good feedback from each reader and pieced their ideas together. (These are some very intelligent and persuasive people).
I think that you will agree with them and me when you read the book, A PASSAGE OF REDEMPTION, better captures the essence of the story. That is not to say that the doppelganger thread is not a fascinating subplot–it is! But, change can be upsetting and I had a loss of appetite and a bout of insomnia these past few days.
I’ve finally let go of A PASSAGE OF REDEMPTION. It is now in the hands of the formatting people at Express Print in Hibbing; then it will have it’s final ‘passage’ to the publishing house. If coming up with this new title has been stressful, my next task is even more so. The last thing I do is write the ‘BLURB’! The blurb is the back cover text that must compel a potential reader to take this book off the shelf, bring it to the clerk at the register, pay the $14.95 . . . and rush home to get started reading. Those few words on the back cover are the most important that I will write. They must grab like the talons of an eagle, or . . . dust will settle upon the book, the book will be unshelved and packaged, and returned to the author. Then, more loss of appetite, insomnia, and the psychological punishments of shattered self-esteem.
So, back to my first two sentences, Doppelganger will not be published this fall. God willing, A PASSAGE OF REDEMPTION, will be published this fall. It is the same story. To borrow an old cliche: a rose by any other name smells the same. I’m thinking of sharing the ‘BLURB’ with those of you who follow my blog posts. Let me know if you think that’s a good idea.
My next blog posting will have an update on the passage of . . . A PASSAGE OF REDEMPTION.