What would you call it? The working title

The bow-tied one has asked me on several occasions what I’m calling my new manuscript. (Which still isn’t done–but I have written 54,000 words. Of course of those 54,000 words, approximately 3 will remain standing by the time revisions are done, so I don’t even feel close to done at this point.)

Apparently editors like to know title information so they can put it in contracts and use it when talking to the other people at the publishing company. I usually have some sort of title. I mean, I’ve got to call the manuscript something so I can find it again on my computer after Vista tries to bury it in the bowels of some obscure file where I will never be able to retrieve it. Vista is just like that.

So the name I’m using on my computer is: New, new, new, novel for Tim. Really. It started out as novel for Tim but then got ‘new’s added every time I completely scrapped the thing and started over. Yeah, this hasn’t been my easiest novel to write.

Anyway, despite the fact that he should be honored that I put his name in the title, the bow-tied one has not taken to the title: New, New, New Novel for Tim. He wants me to come up with something else.

I am really drawing a blank. I thought maybe I could do a take off on The Prince and the Pauper, and call my book: The Prince and the Pop star, but I’m sort of afraid that no one would make the connection and they’d just think it was a book about royalty, which it’s not. (The prince would be referring to the hot guy lead who is also a rock star and is thus the Prince of Rock.)

It’s a book about a girl who, in her quest to meet her father, impersonates a famous teen rock star. And yes, she does fall in love with rock star guy who doesn’t know who she really is.

Since you guys did such a great job with producing song lyrics, I’m confident someone out there will come up with a brilliant title. Or at least a really bad title so I can laugh about it.

Suggestions anyone?

If you come up with the title that the all-powerful marketing department actually likes, I’ll send you a free copy of the book when it comes out.