There are such good, brilliant people working at my publisher's house (Hi, Lisa, Heidi, Emily!), and sometimes I just take their word for stuff. You know, like I would with my parents back when I was suggestible to their direction. Sure, okay, if you say so, I'll go with you.
But with this title change, the more I thought about it, the more it simply didn't fit. I did some rewriting, threw in a few references that would tie the book in to the title, but you know what? It felt false. It felt like I was using the title (which wasn't mine, and wasn't particularly pertinent) to sell the book, the way I would if the title were brilliant but the book were just... okay. Do you know what I'm saying?
So late Friday evening, we came to a solution. I almost said "to a compromise" but that suggests that we both lowered our expectations to meet in the middle. In fact, I think we came up with something better than any of my previous ideas and better than theirs. So, without any further whinging and moaning, here is the new and improved title for my book which will come out either in February, in May, or not at all:
THE RIDICULOUS ROMANTIC OBSESSIONS OF SARAH HASTINGS
a romantic comedy by Becca Wilhite
Want to tell me you hate it? Just wait a while, okay? I'm still re-learning how to breathe without a paper bag.