Friday, March 9, 2012

A Title For The Dare

I don't have an editor yet, but I do have a title for the dare story I just finished writing. It's a 12,000 word novelette. If you recall, the basic feature of the story had to be a vampire whose power hinged around whether or not he was wearing pants. Yes, it's pretty preposterous. The challenge was to craft a short story around a crazy idea.

I think it turned out well. The story is fun. There are some good jokes. It's not meant to be taken completely seriously, but I think it'll be a great little read for the 99 cents I plan to sell it for.

In any case, I wanted to come up with a title that captured the fun nature of the story. I didn't want it to sound all "srs bzns" because that would be false advertisement. My friend mentioned that he used to see magazine stories with long, one-liner titles all the time. It's a convention I can't say I'm familiar with (I've pretty much always stuck to the novel as my preferred media), but I'm going to go with it. Long titles are silly. So, the title I'd like to use is:

The Only Sparkle On A Vampire Should Be The Zipper.

Or "The Only Sparkle" for short. Thematically, it fits with the story and I think it's pretty fun. Now, I'm not totally hating on Twilight or anything (though I am poking fun). One of the main characters just happens to be a vampire "purist," if you will. There's also a pretty clever hook (if I do say so myself) that ties it all together so that it makes sense. As soon as I can get this baby edited, I want to put it out there.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I think I would totally buy it now and read it.

Seriously though, I was looking for a "buy here!" link and was saddened to not find one.

The best part is I have a kindle now so I can download your stories :D

Matt said...

The problem is that I need to get it edited. I don't think its in bad shape (its a lot easier to create clean drafts of a short story than an entire novel), but I feel like I need to stick to the process. The problem is that the folks that usually edit my stuff are busy (they only do the editing thing on the side, and both got busy with life events). I'm actively trying to find a new editor to both get this done and expand my contacts. The more the merrier, right? I've had no luck yet, though. I'm pretty picky/scared I guess.

Matt said...

I hate using the wrong it's. Hence, can haz editor? :-)

Kris said...

Well, I'm totally hating on Twilight, but it's my short story so I get to do so.

Matt said...

lol. That comment is patronizing. :-p

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