Originally the first book in our series debuting in Spring 2011 was called GMAIL.
Turns out that was a lawsuit waiting to happen. Oh, and Editorial Anonymous thought the title was totally cheesy.
When we queried we called it FINDING GRACE. We even went so far as to change one of the character's names to Grace to really make it work. When our agent offered representation she called the title "wet" (we're pretty sure that's Australian for totally cheesy) and said it absolutely had to change.
We went through about a bazillion different titles before Catherine finally agreed to THE HAUNTING OF PEMBERLY BROWN: A KATE LOWRY MYSTERY. Aside from being the longest title ever it also sounded like a long lost Jane Austen gothic, which for those of you familiar with the book, it most certainly is NOT.
Enter editor Dan. He has grand ambitions for our book and said we needed the perfect title. We tried everything...THE ACADEMY, PEARL ACADEMY, PEARLS DON'T LIE, FIRED UP (I wish I was kidding about that last one...), but nothing stuck. Truthfully they all sort of sucked.
And then it happened...We came up with the perfect title. Seriously. We're in love. Dan is in love. All of the peeps at Sourcebooks are in love. Even Catherine "that title is wet" Drayton is in love.
Now we just need to hear what you guys think...
So, without further ado. Our debut novel will be called...
This title will also double as the title of the series as a whole. And you guys will be so proud, we've already got a title for the second book in the series! But we're keeping that one a secret for now...
Now it's your turn to sound off in the comments. Do you love it? Hate it? Will you miss THE HAUNTING OF PEMBERLY BROWN? We most certainly will not.