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Tantalising Titles

February 21st, 2020

Paperback or Kindle? Or both? I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely a paperback. I’ve tried to embrace the world of the e-book, but I just don’t enjoy the experience. I much prefer holding an actual book in my hand, running my hands over the cover, smelling the freshness of the pages (that may sound a little odd, so that may just be me!), turning the physical page, and the words and story just seem so much more real when reading from a printed page.

Some of you may be asking why I’ve left out the poor old hardback. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a number of hardback books and enjoy them, but I find them a little cumbersome to hold, especially at night, when I’m lying down in bed, and my poor arms feel as if they’re doing weights at the gym. That’s usually when my partner looks across at me, all smug, as he’s comfy and relaxed, holding up his dainty little Kindle.

I remember when the Kindle first burst onto the scene. Headlines shocked and scared us, warning us that in just a few years, physical books would be a thing of the past. I think there’s a place for all formats and it’s been refreshing to read about the resurgence of print books. But I think it should be a personal choice. That’s why, when I published my latest book of short stories, A Walk in the Woods, I knew I wanted it to be available as an e-book as well as a paperback.

One of my readers asked me how I came up with the title. It’s actually the title of one of the short stories. The title came from the story itself, but sometimes when story ideas aren’t quite coming to mind, I’ll take a title – perhaps one from a book or film – and jot down ideas from that title. It’s surprising how the ideas soon start taking shape. Let’s take the title, ‘No Time For Goodbye’. This conjures up images of someone being snatched away. Perhaps it’s a husband who disappears. Why? Is he in trouble? Or has the wrong person been targeted? The person who has no time for goodbye could be someone who’s killed suddenly, or it could relate to a person who’s leaving the country to start a new life.  See how story threads are already starting to develop in your mind.

Here are a few titles for you to try:

The Key

The Hollow City

The Woman in the Window

Just One Look

The Winner

Life and Death

The Switch

Two Weeks’ Notice

Leap Year


Esther Chilton is a freelance writer, copywriter, and copyeditor. She also tutors for The Writers Bureau. Her latest book of short stories, A Walk In The Woods and other short stories is available from Amazon.  She blogs at https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com


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