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WORDS FROM FRIENDS

PUBLISHING CONUNDRUMS

The moment when signing the contract that I see the words working title

KILLING THE BABY
or
GIVING THE BOOK A NEW TITLE



I had to kill one of my babies last week. It might have been my favorite baby of all. The baby was the title of my memoir, to be released by Terra Nova Books, Fall 2016. Writers talk about cutting favorite passages or phrases as killing our babies. A baby might be the most wonderful group of words I’ve ever written, but it just doesn’t belong where I’ve put it. My book’s title, as many of you know, was The Silver Cup. And I loved it. I thought it was intriguing and at the same time expressive. The memoir's first title was Longing for Home, which I thought was not nearly so interesting, perhaps even hackneyed. Besides, The Silver Cup had come to me as if I were a lightning rod in the path of a heavenly bolt.

When I read The Silver Cup in my publishing contract, I saw the dread parenthetical words Read More 
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