Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What Universe Would You Choose?

This week's YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday prompt is: If you could live within the universe of one book, which would you choose?

Wow. That probably has to be the most fun question imaginable! How fun would it be, to be like one of the Sliders and just 'slide' into a universe of our own choosing? At least, there's got to be a way to rig the device so that it's set to go just where I'd want to go, right? Right?

But where to, aside from the world I'm creating in The MirrorMasters?


The moon in The Darkangel Trilogy?

Hogwarts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? That would be amazing to learn magic, explore the castle, and check out the shops in Hogsmeade. And to be able to spend time in the greatest room in all the castle, the Room of Requirement, would be my fantasy from my role playing days come true! There have been so many fun, dramatic role plays set in that room that I would love to actually see it in person. That settles it. Hogwarts it is! And if Mandee comes with me on this trip, we could check out that game we role played having the Room of Requirement bring to life for us :)

Where would you choose to go? I'd love to hear your comments here. And if you decide to participate with a blog post of your own, link it here at YA Highway so others can check it out, too!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Blurbs: A YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday Post

This Week's YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday prompt is to write a blurb on your favorite book and/or your own work. Here are just a few of my favorites. Also, check out the blurb at the top of this page about my YA fantasy novel in progress, The MirrorMasters.

The Host
Goa'uld-like body snatchers are taking over the human race. Melanie Stryder was supposed to fade away when Wanderer took over her body. But Melanie refuses to give up. Now, the two forge an odd alliance--not to mention a love triangle--as they journey to find Melanie's love and family.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Sirius Black has broken out of the wizarding prison Azkaban, a feat none before him has ever achieved. Everyone believes that Sirius betrayed Harry's parents to Voldemort, as he was supposed to be the Potters' secret keeper, the only one who knew their location. Now Sirius is on his way to Hogwarts, presumably to go after Harry and complete the job he left unfinished years before. But all is not as it seems.

The Darkangel: Book 1 of The Darkangel Trilogy
Aeriel, a young slave, goes to avenge the murder of her best friend and mistress Eoduin at the hands of an icarus. What she discovers when she's taken to the castle of the icarus is a young man who was once a prince, a prince in need of freeing from the white witch. If she's going to save him, she'll have to embark on a quest set forth in a prophecy known as Ravenna's Rhyme before the white witch consumes his soul, along with the souls of the fourteen maidens he's expected to kill. Eoduin became the thirteenth maiden. Aeriel herself just might become the fourteenth...

The MirrorMasters
-points above to blurb at top of page-

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What's In A Name?: Choosing Your Book's Title

Today I want to talk about choosing a title for your book. The title is what's going to make people stop and take notice, intriguing potential readers enough to want to pick up your book above all others on the bookshelf just to see what it's about. So it should be unique, distinctive. A great title will also convey something about your story, and a strong title can greatly help contribute to sales.

So, how do you pick a title? Brainstorming is always a helpful strategy. It could be fun to set up an online poll to get feedback on your working title. I may just do that with The MirrorMasters. I've heard that my working title could be kind of a tongue twister, so at some point when the story is done, it may be time to do some brainstorming to come up with other potential title ideas. The current title is definitely unique, and it is the name of the ability that the main character Leah has. I've also read to go with your gut instinct, though of course your publisher makes the final choice for the title. For those who have been through this process, I'd love to hear your stories on how you came up with your title.

I discovered a page, Lulu Titlescorer, where you can put in your title and get the likelihood that your book will become a bestseller. It's based on your title and the characteristics of that title, which you enter into a form that's scored. Give it a try, just for the fun of it!