I had a discussion yesterday with Daughter #3 about the title of the book I am currently writing. The tentative title is Blackbirch Manor. However, I did not think that was enough--it did not say enough about the story. So I asked Daughter #3 what she thought of The Count of Blackbirch Manor.
"That sounds like The Count of Monte Cristo," she said.
"Okay. You're right. How about The Secret of Blackbirch Manor?" I asked.
"That sounds like a Nancy Drew book," she said.
I winced. "How about The Curse of Blackbirch Manor?"
She frowned. "That's better. But if I were you I would just use Blackbirch Manor. It's simpler."
True. The letters would be bigger because there are less of them.
Titles are difficult for me. A few have come to me in a flash, but not all of them. The publisher could change the title anyway. But what do you think? Should it be short--or more definitive?