Authors don’t always choose their titles.
often times, a publisher will dislike the title an author has given the novel, and change it.
typically because the publisher believes it won’t ‘market well’.
I had never thought of this until I saw Jennifer Armentrout speaking about it (and got her permission to list the title names), the first four are her ‘almost titles’.
Original Title? Falling Stars
original title? The possibility of tomorrow
original title? beneath the skin
Original title? retribution
Almost Called? Mistress Mary
Almost Called? first impressions
ORIGINAL TITLE? TRIMALCHIO IN WEST EGG
1) MULES IN HORSES’ HARNESS; 2) TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY; 3) BUGLES SANG TRUE; 4) NOT IN OUR STARS
ALMOST TITLE? DARK HOUSE
ALMOST TITLE? THE DEAD UN-DEAD
ALMOST TITLE? SOMETHING HAPPENED
ALMOST TITLE? THE WAR OF THE RING
ALMOST TITLE? THE LAST MAN IN EUROPE
ALMOST TITLE? ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL