I. J. Parker's Blog – December 2008 Archive (2)

About Titles

Another blog post discussed covers recently, but my pet peeve at the moment concerns titles. Why must titles be pompous, abstract, or chosen for mere shock value? What is wrong with having a title that fits the story and allows a reader to associate the title with the plot?

I've just tossed two mysteries (by best-selling authors), one after the other, when I realized I'd already read them.

One is by Ruth Rendell (END IN TEARS), surely a title that could fit every single… Continue

Added by I. J. Parker on December 31, 2008 at 5:18am — 1 Comment

And Here Are The Galleys

It's only days until Christmas and I've been laid up with bursitis in my hip (which is greatly aggravated by sitting for periods of time), and here is this fat package on my doorstep like some last minute present. Alas, it proves to be work with a deadline attached. I have said elsewhere, I think, that I enjoy the editing process except for proofreading the galleys. Now the fat stack of pages sits on my desk, making me nervous. All deadlines make me nervous. I have a type A… Continue

Added by I. J. Parker on December 20, 2008 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

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