A book’s title is one of its most important selling points. On the advice of my SheWrites consultants, I have given my book a new title. I am taking their advice that Raising Nadia and Simone is easier on the lips than Raising Simone and Nadia. At first, I figured it didn’t make sense because Simone was born first. Then I thought, Hey, both of their names are in the title. What’s the big deal?
I agree the subtitle I had chosen was in conflict with the book’s title. That’s probably because I focused all of my attention on getting the perfect title and wasn’t sure whether the subtitle should build on the title or introduce new information about the book. I imagine this changes on a case by case basis.
That said, the new title of my book is …. (Drum roll, please)
Raising Nadia and Simone: My Family’s Definition of Race
I can’t wait to see what kind of feedback I receive from literary agents. In the meantime, I have set three writing goals for this year.
1. Find an excellent literary agent who gets me and my work
2. Sign a sweet book publishing contract, complete with an advance
3. Find a publisher and illustrator for a nonfiction children’s picture book I’ve written about racial identity