May 22, 2007
Max Lucado and Poetic Titles
We've been working on Spring 2008 titles here at IVP. See Andy Unedited for more thoughts on titling.
When considering titles, authors often want to gather feedback from friends, relatives and spouses. As you might imagine, this feedback can be helpful or unhelpful depending on how well those asked understand the publishing industry or the function of a book title. Author Laura Barkat (whose upcoming book now has a final title: Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places) sought an opinion from her friend Mark Goodyear. He sent Laura some thoughts on titling that made my day.
Here's what I know about titles from my mentor, Max Lucado. He and I were talking about his editorial process and I asked about titles. He said, "I never choose my own titles. Or almost never."
What Max Lucado is expressing here is exactly what we try to communicate to our authors. The title has to get the reader's attention. Of course, we love it if we can be poetic and entice the reader with the content. That's the goal.
Thanks to Mark Goodyear for allowing us to quote him. You can find Mark's blog at goodwordediting.com.