A Decision Made

I enjoy mixing with a variety of folk on Facebook, and have an account where I ‘meet’ only authors, it is also linked with a page. We all share our work, and up and coming releases, and recently a very well-known British actress/author shared news of hers. To my horror, the title of her book was so like mine, it was amazing. Her book will be released first, and by a publisher, so I did not want to look as if I had plagiarized the title, despite blogging about it in 2010.

The Man in Room Eighteen is no longer the title of my latest novel, and the new title has grown on me. I am not going to mention the title just yet, but will do so when the book is complete, and due for release. I know this is not a wise move as readers like to see what I am writing next, however, I do not want to have to think of another title that sits just as well as the first one did, and now the second. Coincidence can be such a pain!

The new title has a very Victorian tone to it, and is completely different to the first. Once the cover is created, I will share it with you all. My writing time has been cut in half since becoming a carer for Mum but I am managing to get some, ‘me time’, so that is great. I will be purchasing a bicycle soon, and peddling along the seafront to the library. There, I sit and soak up the atmosphere, and make up for eight years of not having one.

Thanks to all who supported my book, Ripper, My Love, during the free days. I am thrilled to announces I made it to #1 in the historical Victorian bestseller (FREE), list. I can’t tell you how this made me feel. Over 5,000 people around the world downloaded it on Dad’s birthday, he would have been tickled pink, much as I was. I know not everyone will read it, but the interest was there, at a time when I needed comfort.

It is also interesting, the latest readers have declared it, ‘not a romance’, but a suspense, thriller. A New York agent wrote to me once and said, although she loved the book, she couldn’t place it genre wise, and therefore would pass. Another said it was a mix of romance, suspense, and thriller and she didn’t know which one to put it into, ( I declined her offer to publish when she wanted me to remove two key characters!).

I write, Historical Romance with a Twist, that is my tagline. The Ripper Romance books do have romance within them, but they also have thriller/suspense touches. I have now removed it from the romance section of one link in Amazon, and it now sits in the Historical romance, suspense, thriller section.

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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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17 Responses to A Decision Made

  1. Finding just the right title is such a pain. Your initial one was grreat. I hope the next one grabs people. And finding the right category is so frustrating. Mine could be fantasy, historical fiction, historical romance, magical realism, romance, epic fantasy – this list is almost endless and none truly capture it. And without the right key words readers won’t find it. You are lucky with both categories as both are popular. I’m so glad the promo went well. Maybe you’ll get some good reviews out of it. πŸ™‚

    • Glynis Smy says:

      Yvonne, I really didn’t want to change at this late stage but feel it is safer in the long run. I got a couple of positive reviews, even though they said it wasn’t romance. πŸ™‚

  2. Glynis – It can be hard to change a title when one’s so accustomed to thinking of one’s book as having a particular title. I’ll bet your new one is great though.

  3. You’ll get it all sorted, Glynis.

  4. carolewyer says:

    Glynis, you have my sympathy. I get very attached to my titles because I have to think long and hard over them. I too have discovered someone is about to publish a book using the title I had already chosen for my next book. Maybe it’s a sign we should have chosen something else!

  5. I hate doing titles so having to change one would really stress me. I’m glad you’re happy with the new one you’ve changed to x

    • Glynis Smy says:

      I am OK with titles, it is the thing that comes to me first. However, it was a pain after three years of seeing the old one jotted around my notes, and first draft, to have to change it. The new one has a more Victorian feel, so am satisfied it will sit properly with the storyline. x

  6. Loribeth says:

    I’m sorry you felt you had to change the title of your book. Book titles are not protected, so you weren’t in danger of being accused of plagiarism. I think you’re smart to keep your book title a secret. When I was actively writing, I would always refer to my books by calling them ‘hero’s name’ story or ‘heroine’s name’ story, depending on which character I more strongly connected with.

    • Glynis Smy says:

      Loribeth, I just felt the title was no longer mine, and the change is actually receiving good response within the family, so know it is the right decision. πŸ™‚

      • Loribeth says:

        That’s wonderful then! It’s always nice when you have affirmation from your family. Sometimes things happen to help point us in the right direction. Who knows, maybe the old title wouldn’t have sold as well as the new one will! I’m glad you’re happy with the decision. πŸ™‚

  7. denizb33 says:

    Coming up with titles is so much fun! Can’t wait to find out what yours is!

  8. bookwormsimi says:

    Reblogged this on BookwormSimi and commented:
    Hope to see a great title in the future, Glynis! πŸ™‚

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