“Almost there.” ( The reluctant bride)

Old Australian cottage on our farm.

Old Australian cottage on our farm.

With six days away we spent some time mulling over a title of the book that I plan to self- publish. One can actually have a computer generator going that will come up with thousands of suggested titles on the internet. It is called a ‘title generator.’ We quickly gave the generator the flick. I have a petrol generator underneath a small bench outside in case of a power failure. We have used it a few times. The noise is nerve wrecking, but with the double glazed windows it is bearable and very handy in an emergency. The neighbours have no such protection!

In any case, after much mulling on our mind’s generator, we came up with ,”Almost there.” It feels nice and does relate to a journey as told in the following chapters holding many fictional memoirs. Is there such a thing as fictional memoirs? Is this a severe case of tautology? I am curious. Aren’t all memoirs to a degree fictional. Are all our memories so set in concrete when so many years have passed? I suppose in biographies of famous people, the writer uses dates and much  corroborated material that can be dug up from archives etc. One can say that a biography is non-fiction, but memoirs…?

I do believe the title of a book is very important. It has to be interesting enough to catch the viewer’s attention as the first step. A casual observer in general just gives a few seconds, to make up his or her mind to take it to the next step in glancing a few pages or the header. It is after those first few moments a book is either bought or not. Perhaps mainly not!

I am making an enormous leap here. The fantasy of having my book in a shop is nice to contemplate but let’s not hurry to the altar too quickly. This bride is very reluctant and likes to spent a bit of time mulling as well. She might well think the groom is a bit of a Wally and she needs more time in contemplation.

The previous suggested miss-mash linking vignettes and memoirs with a nostalgic looking back on Colonoscopy and Erection Dysfunctional Benefits (EDB), were howled down unceremoniously. “How could you even think of it,” followed by, “are you mad, stupid or something, you call yourself a writer?” Being the general gist of it.

Most other titles seemed  clichéd or sentimental, not really connected to the story, plain silly. It is not easy. Fortunately I have Helvi who is very good at connecting things and coming to the unembroidered essence of things whether with titles, arguments or in general matters. Isn’t it odd that is took a few days to come up with  ‘Almost there?’

The title then has to be followed with a short and general description of what the book is about. This too is very important. If it doesn’t hold attention, chances are it will be put back on the shelf. Each word has to be succinct and arouse the interest.  And then, the choice of cover. What then and what next?

And so it goes.

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41 Responses to ““Almost there.” ( The reluctant bride)”

  1. Carrie Rubin Says:

    I think you’ve chosen a perfect title. Catchy and easy to remember. Best of luck with the eventual publication!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. rodhart (@roderick_hart) Says:

    Almost There is excellent.

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  3. roughseasinthemed Says:

    Where’s the farm? NSW somewhere or out of state?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It was on our previous farm. We made the old cottage in a B/B. It was at a small settlement named Brayton which was destroyed during a bush fire. But the cottage survived and so did the cemetery. Our grandkids were fascinated by this cemetery and at one stage peeked though an opening of the slab of an old gravestone.

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  4. GP Cox Says:

    It sounds like a good one to me!

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  5. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Almost there… I like it, Gerard. It’s how you will be thinking about your book for the next few months. 🙂 As for fiction, of course our minds play tricks on us. They are constantly rewriting history. Then there is the fact that we have to make our writing interesting, picking out what might capture the reader’s attention while abandoning the more banal. I like the term creative nonfiction.
    I actually asked my blog readers to help come up with a title from several I had selected. It was fun. –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Curt. I suppose fiction and nonfiction might get their meanings somewhat crossed. It has to be more than readable otherwise we might as well read annual reports from the Bureau of Meteorology. On the other hand, people that are interested in the weather might well be fascinated by that yearly report, spend hours poring over the stats of rainfall etc.

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  6. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Nice title Gerard. I like the idea that there is more to come in the future.

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  7. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    I can see you and Helvi becoming heads of a large publishing empire in the future.

    I’m coming along OK. Almost in fighting shape thanks.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes Kayti.
      A sort of giant publishing Mall with huge billboards and book courts where people are milling around books, fighting over the latest publications on all sorts of books ranging from fiction to non fiction, from gold fish to benefits of spinach juice or from beaches to basket ball. You name it and it will be there.

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  8. Mary Cathleen Clark Says:

    Sounds as if you have lots to think about and consider. I’m with you–don’t rush the lady. 😊 I’ve never heard of a title generator. I’ll have to give it a look-see.

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  9. algernon1 Says:

    You could follow it up with a book called “Are we there yet” It would book end nicely 🙂 .

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  10. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    Titles are a nightmare, full stop. My friend is a tending a course in Creative Non-Fiction – nuff said? If you self-publish you can forget bookshops, unless you have a cousin who runs one.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      No cousins, Hilary. I’ll just have to make a bit of a bookshop at home, empty a shelf and put some of my books on them for visitors to peruse. Even that might be a pipedream as visitors are becoming a rarity. We shall see!


      • hilarycustancegreen Says:

        I had my best sales of my second novel at the local farm shop! I asked jokingly if they would stock a local author and I gave the owner a copy. She liked it so much, that she ended up selling 3 dozen over time. Actually having a book in a shop doesn’t sell it, you have to have a champion for the book behind the counter…

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Three dozen, Hilary? I would be happy with a baker’s dozen. Perhaps a good baker might be just the place to sell my books?


  11. elizabeth2560 Says:

    Great choice … similar to the original name of my blog “almost spring” … so I understand the meaning completely.

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  12. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    I’m also reminded of my own blog name “Pachofa-Unfinished” because I have no intention of becoming “finished”.


  13. chris hunter Says:

    The Perils of Authorship.

    Says husband to his wife cooking breakfast:

    Husband: I’ve thought of a title for my book.

    Wife: (frying bacon and eggs) And what would that be?

    Husband: I did it your way.

    Wife (pauses) What do you mean you did it my way, you’ve done exactly what you want all your bloody life.

    Husband: That’s absolute rot.

    Wife (teetering on binning the breakfast) Absolute rot? Now that’s more like a title.

    Husband: You may be onto something, I’ll give it some thought.

    Wife: That’d be a first, now eat your breakfast while it’s hot.

    Husband: Yes dear.

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  14. gerard oosterman Says:

    How did you know that,Chris? 😉


  15. Julia Lund Says:

    I like that title …


  16. auntyuta Says:

    My working title could be something like: “A long way to go still”. Will I make it? 🙂


  17. shoreacres Says:

    One thing you want to consider is whether someone else has used your title, or if it might be copyrighted elsewhere. “Almost There” also is the title of a song from a film (“The Princess and the Frog”) that was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009. I’m not sure that would disqualify your title, but you do need to make sure that you’re not going to get into a copyright dispute!


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I looked up ‘patent on book titles’ and it took me direct to American based Law companies. Litigation is rife in Australia too, however I found the following of some comfort;
      “You can’t patent the idea for a story, and death is too good for anybody who thinks you should be able to. You automatically have a copyright in the text of anything you write, which prohibits other people from copying your words without your permission. Copyright doesn’t protect the ideas either.

      There is in fact no law that protects the idea for a story, and if there was, every author would have to stop writing, because we ran out of new story ideas at about the time the Hebrews wrote down the Book of Genesis.

      If you’re worried about your idea being stolen, the chances are it’s not worth the bother of stealing. Ideas for stories are not nearly as rare or valuable or as difficult to come up with as many of the people around here seem to think.”


      • shoreacres Says:

        That’s all true. I wasn’t so much thinking about patent issues, actually, as search engines. I like your title, and think it’s a good one for your book. But it was true that when I used it as a search term, there was a lot of other “stuff” that showed up, using the same title. Don’t think of my comment as advice — it was only an observation.


      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Yes, I understand better what you were getting at. I suppose connecting the title to Oosterman might be an answer. There are not too many possible diversions or options, as the surname is fairly rare.
        Thank you for your help.


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