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Started by Carey Green. Last reply by Hannah Wilson 16 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hey all you good people (you are being good today, aren't you?)...Earlier this year I published my first selfPub novel - "Dragon Slayer: Beginnings." It's the first of 3 in my series. The next should…Continue

Where do you find support?

Started by Mary E Thompson. Last reply by Connie Foster Sep 3. 4 Replies

Since I started a discussion last week, I figured I'd jump in again. I took a class last week through another group I'm in and loved it. The class was about networking and got me thinking... Where do…Continue

Get to know each other

Started by Mary E Thompson. Last reply by Connie Foster Sep 3. 6 Replies

Since we're trying to get a bit more activity in this group, I figured I'd go ahead and start. It's a pretty small group compared to some of the others, but sometimes that can be really helpful. I'll…Continue

Feel like I'm in a ghost town.

Started by Tim Knox. Last reply by Connie Foster Sep 3. 6 Replies

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Comment by Cheri Swalwell on October 24, 2011 at 6:04am

Hi all. I was wondering if you would mind taking a look at my new website/blog and commenting on it. Feel free to critique and let me know how I can make it better. At the bottom of the home page, you will find a link to take you to my blog.

Enjoy and thanks ahead of time. www.cheriswalwell.com

In Him,
Cheri Swalwell :)

Comment by Cheri Swalwell on October 18, 2011 at 5:46am

Connie:  Thank you for that information about the titles.  Good to think about as I do want to stand out a little bit. I'm still waiting on feedback from my book to determine which would be the best way to go about getting it published. 

Did you all get that email from Dan yesterday about the benefits of publishing with Amazon?  So much to think about...

Craig: Thank you for the info about the titles.  I did not know that titles cannot be copyrighted. That is good information to digest. 

Thank you everyone for your insight and suggestions.  So many good things to think about. 


One more question that you all got me thinking about:  Is there a law/something about mentioning specific songs, places, etc. in your book?  Do I have to ask permission?  There are a few Christian songs I mention in my book (I think, if I remember correctly) either the lyrics or the song title.  Also, I talk about Jim Brickman, McDonalds, Disney movies by name, etc.  Is there something against doing that?  Do I need to get permission first? I was general at first, but then decided it made the story more believable to mention them by name.  I was going to ask an editor/agent/publishing house about those rules, but if I self publish, I guess I need to know for myself.  Just curious if anyone knows that rule/law off hand? 

Thank you all ahead of time.

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Comment by Craig Curtis on October 18, 2011 at 12:32am

Cheri I started playing with word choices and came up a bit more poetic wording and out came this possible title (though I am not a bit fan of alliterative titles myself): Kaia's Crucible

Just one more idea to toss around.

Comment by Craig Curtis on October 18, 2011 at 12:24am
Cheri when it comes to the titles of books, movies, songs, poems, etc. they can't be copywrited so you don't have to worry if a title is taken or not.  For example I looked up The Promise.  There were at least a half dozen fiction books with that title, add non-fiction and it was at least triple that number.  Granted, people don't normally take a classic title and attach it to their work.  So you are not likely to see two different books named War and Peace.  There are several Eye of the Storm titles out there.  Not so for Midst of the Storm.  So just like you play with word choice in each sentence you write you might play a word or two in the title. 

Group Leader
Comment by Connie Foster on October 16, 2011 at 2:50pm
I went to Amazon and searched their books for titles with the word "Journey"....they are In abundance. I then searched for Kaia....found no fiction and minimal non-fiction. Just something to think about.
Also, since you are self-publishing, you're calling the spots....the title is in your hands. Enjoy the control:)
Comment by Cheri Swalwell on October 15, 2011 at 7:51am

I love your suggestions, everyone.  Thank you so much for the input. 

What about, Connie, taking from your idea and saying Kaia's Journey or something along those lines?  That title shouldn't be taken.  Is that something that would catch your eye and want you to read it?  If I'm looking at self publishing, do I have to come up with the title or will someone help me with that - like the person who designs the cover?

Craig:  The book talks about the "storms of life" so I love your idea of Eye of the Storm, but I think it might be taken already.  That is definitely still in the running for me.  Pretty neat that you would suggest that not having read the book. 

And Sharon, I love the title "The Promise."  That might fit exactly with the book I'm writing now.

So many great ideas - thank you all so much! 

Comment by Sharon Singley on October 13, 2011 at 3:54pm
Craig, I thought of Joy in the Morning...or Joy through the Mourning...but I think there's already a book with the first title, and the second may just be too much a play on words.
Comment by Craig Curtis on October 13, 2011 at 1:15pm
Cheri, spinning off the scripture Sharon mentioned it could be condensed to something like Joy Comes in the Morning.  Another title I was thinking about was Eye of the Storm.  But I agree your first title sounds like non-fiction, and even the second choice leans towards that as well.

Group Leader
Comment by Connie Foster on October 13, 2011 at 12:55pm


Taking it One Day at a Time, God's Way rings non-fiction to me. I love Sharon's suggestion. You could also consider just her name, Kaia. Remember, don't worry too much about your title. You're publisher will probably change it away:)

Now all you have to do is start shopping it around. Get an agent, get published, then teach me:)


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