The Importance of Book Titles
My uncle, Ernie Rydberg, wrote a children’s book (not YA; this was before YA existed) wrote a book called The Day the Indians Came. I remember going into my school library and spotting a book with the exact same name — but it hadn’t been written by him. At the time, I was outraged. This other writer stole my uncle’s title!
I think it was the first time that I saw that book titles could be duplicated. Then, though, that was the days of card catalogs. Now it’s day of the search engine.
And that’s where the problem comes in. I went to Capclave over the weekend and heard a panel where a book was discussed. It was about a black woman with a disability who was a pirate. One of the panelists had been a model for the cover, which I got a look at. Of course, I had to get it, so after the con ended for the day, I went up to search for the book.
This is what I knew:
The title of the book, which was Ascension.
The cover was green and had a black woman on it.
I didn’t have the name of the author.
So I searched Barnes and Noble. I figured it would pop up in the first two or three books. It wasn’t there. At first, I thought that the book hadn’t been posted to B&N. In the indie circles, writers will publish their book on Amazon, and then forget about Barnes and Noble. But this one did come from a small press, and those are pretty good about being everywhere. So I started scrolling.
The book was in the fourth row, at the end, and there were more books that followed, also with the same title.
More unusual titles help a book be found in this world of internet searching. Have you had any similar troubles finding a book?