Romantic Conversation with Sarah and Hubby

Sunday afternoon, watching the Steelers game, and creating SBTB prizes, Sarah and Hubby had the following conversation:

Sarah: Oh my God.

Hubby: What?

Sarah: There is a romance novel.

Hubby: Yeah?

Sarah: Called What an Earl Wants

Hubby: NUH UH.

Sarah: YEAH HUH.

Hubby: That is just AWESOMELY bad.

Sarah: I know. Wow.


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    Stef says:

    I want to poke my eyes out, I’m gagging on doing these tax returns SO BAD!  This is funny, Sarah.  Thanks for the laugh!  (Although I suck at titles, so I have to laugh a little sheepishly.)  I wrote a proposal for a book about a brotherhood of men who were all descended from the devil, called the Blue Mephisto.  I titled the Book (wait for it):

    Tangled Up In Blue

    My agent did not think it was a viable synopsis, so I’m working on it.  But more than one person has said at first glance, it looks like ‘Tangled Up In Glue’.  Ahem.

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    April says:

    Conversation between April and boyfriend
    …after reading this post!

    April: Want to hear a really bad title for a romance novel?

    H.E.: Wait. Let me guess.

    April: It’s called—

    H.E.: I Want To Suck Your Nickels?

    April: Oh, my God, no. It’s—

    H.E.: Oh, no, you’re right. That’s more like a Las Vegas story, isn’t it?

    April: (Sigh.) Never mind.

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    fiveandfour says:

    April, that sounds eerily similar to conversations I have with my husband from time to time.  ::Sigh::  Men!

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    Dee says:

    ROFL, OMG. My husband has a real knack for inventing horrible titles. His favorite is to imagine titles for “Betty Neels”…sadly, Betty probably would have fainted if she heard any. Things like, ““A Nurse’s Tail” by Betty Neels”. LOL!


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    Tonda says:

    Just think of the poor author! It’s not like they get to pick their titles (any more than they get to pick their covers). If you’re Jenny Cruise, yeah, you get a veto stamp. But 99% of authors spend the whole pre-release time cringing, crying, and imbibing heavily.

    “No, please, god no. They’ve titled my book ‘A Knight in Satin Sheets’, and the cover is a butt-ugly dude with a come-hither grin and giant man-titties. I want to die.”

    Somehow I just KNOW that’s going to be my life when I sell . . .

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    Stef says:

    Well, Tonda, you’re right on the money there.  My first book was titled Funny Money – and for once, I didn’t suck at a title.  It was perfect.  But when it sold to Bombshell, they said it didn’t sound ‘Bombshelly’, so they changed it to Show Her The Money.  I still cringe a little when I tell people the title.  The second one wasn’t so bad, and I actually got to keep the title for the third.

    I’m on a list with a lot of Desire authors and there’ve been some hilarious discussions about titles.  Somebody suggested The Bastard’s Knocked Up Virgin Ho, or something like that.  Yeah, titles can give a lot of authors heartburn.

    Okay, Candy and Sarah – I need some major procrastination diversion material.  I waited all day yesterday for some snarky cover, uh, coverage.  It’s like y’all have a conspiracy to keep me from procrastinating.  And Candy, when are we gonna get the next installment of your story?

    Back to the salt mines…

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    Elena Greene says:

    I’m confused.  “What an Earl Wants” sounds “high concept”, at least the way I’ve had “high concept” explained to me.  This is supposed to be a Good Thing.

    As a romance author, I think I’m supposed to be doing this too, though all I really want to do is write stories about characters who interest me.  OK, I want to make money, too.  So I’m trying to figure out “high concept”.

    Anyway, do you think this title is so awful because it’s trying too hard?  Is it because it’s associated with a movie that was (IMHO) rather flawed, despite having Colin Firth in it?  Or is it because the whole concept of “high concept” (like cartoon covers) is becoming a tad overused?

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    Candy says:

    Anyway, do you think this title is so awful because it’s trying too hard?  Is it because it’s associated with a movie that was (IMHO) rather flawed, despite having Colin Firth in it?

    Naw, we’re ripping on it because it sounds like a riff on the title of a Christina Aguilera song, “What a Girl Wants.” At least, it’s what I thought of as soon as I saw that title, and that infernal song has been playing in my head since.

    Mommmy, make the hurting stop….

    “And Candy, when are we gonna get the next installment of your story?”

    Like I said on the Romantic Bitches forum, it’s currently being molested by old men with sweaty hands that smell like cheese. Soon, I hope to have the private molestation done with and allow it to be molested in public.

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    Bonnie says:

    My new romantic interest:

    <i>Your description of that book about the Quakers and the insane asylum make me picture a cover with a muscle-bound Quaker Oats Man bending a blonde with big boobs over his arm in the middle of the psyche ward. I think I’ll commission somebody to paint it.

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    Bonnie says:

    Gah, my italics didn’t work

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    Alyssa says:

    I don’t think this title is so bad . . .

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