To me, a title is almost as important as the book. Granted, something tame, like My Heart's Desire, isn't all that special. It's actually kind of bland, but it won't throw me from buying a book. Recently, however, I read some buzz on the Net about a particular book title that offended many a reader. I don't even remember what the title was, but that it had the word c*cksucker in it. Yes, you read that right. No, this book was not intended as part of a porn collection. It was an erotic romance, and I stress the word "romance." While those of us writing steamy fiction include sex in the work, we don't normally advertise what's happening in the book in the title.
My new book, Caging the Beast, is about a man called "the beast." He has anal and oral sex with the hero. My title is not, however, Takes it Up the Ass, Swallowing a Load, or Hand Job Harry. Kind of crass, to my way of thinking. But the more I read about the c*cksucker book, the more I realized this might in fact be a publicity stunt, and if so, more power to the author and publisher. The publisher apparently apologized for offending the many readers who complained, then promptly put out a c*cksucker II (again, not sure about the actual name of the book or its author and publisher.)
Honestly, I had to laugh. I'm not offended enough to complain about the book. I just won't buy it. The title is that off-putting to me, as it, perhaps wrongly, implies that the book is really only about someone giving head, when I'd like to read an erotic romance more for the story that includes sex, not about a story that is ONLY sex. I think in that case, I'd be reading erotica or porn.
In any case, I enjoy reading interesting titles. Here are a few I've enjoyed a chuckle or two over. I make no comment about the book itself, but the title seems forced to me, even for an erotic romance. Why not just title the book, "Having Sex, All Over the Place, In Every Position"?
- Do it To Me
- Going Down (I've seen this on quite a few books, too ??)
- Hittin' It
- Operation G-Spot (I like Jodi Lynn Copeland, but this title?)
- The Hard Stuff
- Big Spankable Asses (one of my personal favorites)
Caging the Beast, avail now from TEB!