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Title: title already used
Post by: JulieM on June 02, 2017, 04:46 PM
I'd like to know your hive-mind opinion on this:
I have been inspired by a PB title that came to my mind. It would make a great non-fiction PB topic. First step was to search the title on Amazon books and, alas, it has been used a few times over the years. The most similar book (in genre and time) was a fiction PB (same age group), released last year by a major publisher.
What do you think? Continue anyway because, while both are PBs, one is fiction and one is non-fiction? The time lag between writing this and finding a publisher (being optimistic) would be acceptable? Find a new title for my work? Work on another idea (there are many on my to do list)?
Just wondering.
Thanks!
Title: Re: title already used
Post by: Cindyb on June 02, 2017, 04:50 PM
I'd go ahead with it. If a publisher likes the content, but not the title, then you can find a new one.
Title: Re: title already used
Post by: carrots on June 02, 2017, 06:24 PM
This happened to me last year. Not long after finishing my PB ms, I found a new PB at the library with a similar concept and the very same title. Because I hadn't yet submitted it, I made the decision to change the title.

I do agree with Cindy, but - and this is just neurotic me - I was uncomfortable with the same name.

Best wishes on whatever you decide to do, Julie!
Title: Re: title already used
Post by: Vijaya on June 02, 2017, 06:32 PM
I agree with Cindy. I'm just glad that *your* imagined book isn't already on the shelves. Whew!!!
Title: Re: title already used
Post by: 217mom on June 02, 2017, 06:42 PM
Happened to me, also. I'd write it and if acquired the publisher will make a decision whether to change the title. It will be a marketing decision.
I wonder, if you feel queasy about this, why not change the title just a little?
Title: Re: title already used
Post by: JulieM on June 03, 2017, 04:55 PM
Thank you! I will go ahead and be open to changing the title in the future.  In this case, the title gave me the idea for the whole book so I'm quite attached to it, but I can brainstorm alternative titles later. First the writing! Thanks again.
Title: Re: title already used
Post by: Eileen Kennedy-Moore on June 03, 2017, 05:58 PM
I agree--this is not something you need to worry about. Titles aren't copyrighted, and your publisher will probably want to change the title, anyway.
Title: Re: title already used
Post by: dinalapomy101 on June 04, 2017, 04:40 AM
When querying, I would use the book that is already out as a comp, then change your own title to show that you have done market research and know that this book exists, imo.
Title: Re: title already used
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on June 04, 2017, 09:20 PM
When querying, I would use the book that is already out as a comp, then change your own title to show that you have done market research and know that this book exists, imo.

This is wise, assuming that book has had reasonable sales by then and is still within five years old. Keep in mind that your work may change as you write and revise too. The jumping off point for a story doesn't always end up as relevant as we'd think it would to the final product.
Title: Re: title already used
Post by: JulieM on June 04, 2017, 11:25 PM
Lots of wisdom here. Thanks very much for all your input!
Title: Re: title already used
Post by: christopher-bickley on July 09, 2017, 11:00 PM
Brilliant and appreciated info here. It hadn't even occurred to me to check my working titles against currently available titles. Thanks for that!