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Offline amberlough

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Series Titles...help, please.
« on: January 21, 2013, 07:16 PM »
The most awesomest news ever told in the land of Amber: my editor has asked for a "series title."

The most aggravating, small-but-big problem ever in the land of Amber: coming up with a good series title.

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Book one is titled THE FIRE WISH. Book two is THE BLIND WISH (or so we think).
The book has elements of: jinni, 9th century Iraq, war between humans and jinni, an Arab prince, a Kurdish princess, a jinn spy.... it's a YA fantasy. (naturally)

If you happen to think of something that sounds marketable, understandable, or plain awesome, please let me know. :-)

Right now, I'm leaning toward THE WISH WARS...stop me if that sounds really bad.
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2013, 07:24 PM »
Hmm I like the idea of something that incorporates the word "jinn", like the Jinn Wars more than the Wish Wars. It's good because it tells you right off the bat that the book is about Jinn, which to me is very unique!
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2013, 07:38 PM »
I like that too, and that has been on the list of possibilities. However, over a hundred 11th graders were surveyed on this and none of them knew what a jinn was. (I was in shock the rest of the day.)
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2013, 08:44 PM »
How about a slight twist on your own suggestion?  The Wishing Wars
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2013, 09:03 PM »
IMO, sorry, but THE WISH WARS makes it sound a little juvenille for your target audience. So just brainstorming here...

CAREFUL (as in careful what you wish for)
MIDDLE GROUND (as in middle east)
name it after your main character somehow
ARABIAN CURSES (assuming many wishes are actually attacks)
NOMADIC MAGIC
Do the humans use some kind of derogatory term for the jinni in the books, e.g. THE SAND DEMON WISHES
DRY SPELLS (because it's arid there? okay I'm stretching now)
JINNI I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER: 867-5309 (Sorry, couldn't resist)

If I actually think of something good I'll post again. :)

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2013, 09:08 PM »
Oh no! That's too bad they don't recognize Jinn. In that case let the story be your guide, I say! Is there a favorite phrase or proper noun in the manuscript itself that encompasses the overall mood of the story? (I didn't know what to call my series forever until I sifted through the manuscript and found the alien word for our sun -- "The Giving Star.")

PS I think The Wishing Wars is pretty good!
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2013, 12:25 AM »
This is after only some brief research so if you hate it I won't be hurt haha.

As you have spies in your series and Jinn or Jinni is derived from Arabic literally meaning "hidden from sight", how about something like "The Hidden Wars" or "Hidden Wishes"?
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Re: Series Titles...help, please.
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2013, 09:07 AM »
I like AJ's suggestions! Leaning to Hidden Wars (since you have Wish in both titles).

but I agree with David that Wish Wars sounds more MG. And if you say it out loud it makes me think of wishy washy, which I don't think this is.

and also, congrats, Amber!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2013, 11:40 AM »
I actually really like The Wish Wars. The Wishing Wars, too.

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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2013, 11:51 AM »
Add me to the chorus who likes "The Wish Wars" and "The Wishing Wars".  I don't think it sounds to juvenile.  Star Wars movies are watched by all ages.  :-)
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2013, 12:13 PM »
I like "Wish Wars," but it's hard to get it out of your mouth. What about more of a cryptic lyrical combo of the words, like WARWISH?
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2013, 12:39 PM »
All really good ideas... I am going to go think about cryptic lyrical combos....because they're cool....
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Re: Series Titles...help, please.
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2013, 12:45 PM »
Assuming there are sands...
War of the Sands
The Saga of Sands 

Also: I can't wait to read this!!!
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2013, 01:22 PM »
I feel like often series titles incorporate words not in the actual titles, but sort of expanding or explaining.
So I would not use wish... I'd say refer to Persia or genies or Arabia...
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2013, 01:26 PM »
What do you guys think of The Tribe of Fire? (Jinni are people made of flame, while humans are people made of clay, according to the Koran.)

Or....
People of the Flame
Order of Iblis
Storm of Jinni
Caliph's Jinni

I'm starting to like The Tribe of Fire. I know Fire is in the title of the first book, but they refer to different things, actually. (Not that you'd know that first-hand.)
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2013, 01:30 PM »
I like The use of flame, but tribe makes me think of something other than what you want, I think.
Maybe The People of Flame? Or Jinni Flame...
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2013, 01:46 PM »
I like Fire and Clay or War of Fire and Clay, especially now that I know how it relates to the story.

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« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2013, 11:57 PM »
War of Fire and Clay sounds AWESOME.
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« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2013, 09:03 AM »
*sigh* I think we're stuck with Jinn Wars. But we have to leave it up to marketing. Such is publishing life, I guess.
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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2013, 09:44 AM »
Probably late but I had to do the same thing. First I listed words that conveyed elements of my books, which in my case were artists, Victorian period, and travel. I looked at the others series titles out there for inspiration as to format. Then I played until I got a couple of combos. My final: Canvas & Corset.
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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2013, 11:02 AM »
How did I miss a thread about a story set in 9th century Iraq? HOW??? I am giddy with excitement!  :yeah Don't worry about Jinn Wars. The curiosity factor could help.  :goldstar
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Re: Series Titles...help, please.
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2013, 11:18 AM »
Amber, FWIW, I like Jinn Wars. See, it appeals to my 12-year-old self :) Can't wait to see your books out in the world.
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« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2013, 11:31 AM »
I think THE WISHING WARS sounds great.  THE BOOKS OF WISHES could also work.  Good luck to you on this amazing accomplishment.  WISHING you many more writing successes!
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« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2013, 03:06 PM »
Aw... well don't worry about it! It is just the title after all. I mean, Philip Pullman named his trilogy "His Dark Materials." I mean, what's up with that? ;)

Also Jinn Wars sounds great too. Either way I'm excited to see your books on the shelves!  :dancer
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« Reply #24 on: February 12, 2013, 08:10 AM »

JINNI I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER: 867-5309 (Sorry, couldn't resist)


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