I remember the first time I saw the VHS cover for Peter Brook’s film version of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates at the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. It was fascinating to me how the title had to be altered in order to fit the side of the box. Marat/Sade is what they went with.
Now, over twenty-five years later, I find myself having to alter a title to fit in the available space. After some deliberation, Case/Barrington/Vampire was the winner.
Besides that, I had the bottom changed. It’s just my name now. Someone on a facebook forum said my format of An Impossible Crime Mystery by was so 1980s. The last thing a hip guy like me wants is to appear dated.
I hope to have a finished back within a couple of weeks. Speaking of which…That back cover (with the murder map) will not be on the kindle version; however, it will be published here on my blog. That way, you’ll all be able to have the same evidence as the paperback readers. Also, there will be drawings of the specific footprints within the text meaning when Manory and Williams find footprints, you’ll see them too.
I will say this: if you were ever going to buy a physical copy of one of my books, this would be the time to do it. Just look at this thing.
5 thoughts on “The problem with long titles”
The mathematician in me feels compelled to point out that you have a geometric series going with your title lengths:
1) Goodnight Irene (2 words)
2) The Opening Night Murders (4 words)
3) TSCotBHV (8 words)
So the only logical step for book four is:
4) ???????????????? (16 words)
I look forward to seeing how that gets abridged on the spine…
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Matt’s main concern is the ever-increasing size of the hands. The tenth book will be a 1024-word title over a gigantic knuckle.
Yer gonna need a bigger book, then. Perhaps consider printing them on rolls on vellum in future.
Impossible Crimes and Locked Room Puzzle both have 16 letters. So if you can come up with a 16 word title with the first letter of each word spelling out “Impossible Crimes” or “Locked Room Puzzle,” you’ve got your title abbreviation for the spine.
Ah, crap, and it was going so well, too…
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