I chose the title Dream Chaser and added a long subtitle: A Novel that Reaches Beyond the Veil of Time.
The title suits my novel. The main character is a goal-oriented woman—a high-speed dream chaser, but if had I Googled Dream Chaser, I would have discovered that several successful writers had already used it. Unless you entered the whole of my title, which only my mother might do, you’d have a hard time finding my book.
Huge mistake, but self-publishing comes loaded with opportunities for those. As independent authors we work alone, buried in our stories, sometimes for years. We hire our own editors, copy editors, proofreaders, etc. We scour the Internet for publishers, reading testimonies of authors who’ve risen to best-seller status. We select a publisher and a package, rich with distribution and marketing promises. We meet online publishing—an apocalyptic switch from creative writing to hardcore, left-brain decision-making.
My title went unchecked in the sharp gearshift between writing and publishing. By the time I realized the problem, I had spent time and effort to market the novel. I had too much invested in the name Dream Chaser to change it completely, but I knew I would improve the subtitle one day.
In mid January 2014 I will republished the book as Dream Chaser:Awakening. Also correcting other mistakes I’m currently blogging about.
Advice, if I dare! Take a long pause before pushing the PUBLISH button. No matter what mistakes you make in publishing, love yourself for having written a book and for offering to share it with others. Thank your story for coming to you. Gratitude opens the doors of creation.
Coming next: mistake#3—book cover.