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Contemporary YA, with political twist

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#1 Icehvs


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 08:59 AM

So, right off the bat, I have to confess that I am horrifyingly bad at coming up with titles. I have this tendency to ponder on them and keep the working title at the end. However, the book I wrote last has the potential to be my breakthrough, so I think it’s high time I asked for advice.


The story is about a group of college freshmen. It has a Romantic element, with the main character getting to know his high school crush more and more as they’re working together, slowly realizing she’s not the person he imagined her to be. Now, what they’re working on is the center of the plot: the 2016 Democratic Primary. Namely, they’re supporters of the Sanders-campaign. The girl got the guy into it, and they’re basically racing through the whole series of events, from late-August of 2015 to the California Primary.


To reflect the central role of the political line in the story, I thought about “A Future They Believed In” as the title. What do you guys think? Any suggestions?

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 11:29 AM

I think the title sounds good for what I know about the story.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 02:39 PM

Can you say a little more about what it was that she turned out to be (which wasn't what he'd thought)? I think that can have some relevance in title discussions. I'm a political guy, but I'm not sure your working title will have this one flying off the shelf. Does the plot sort run parallel to the Sanders campaign? Where there was all this promise and hope and energy, and then the universe sort of pulled the plug? If so, I'd think about those types of feelings and emotions that your reader could relate to. If you'd like to throw some of these answers out here, I'll be happy to make some suggestions  


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 01:07 PM

I don't know exactly why, but "A future they believed in"  sounds non-fiction to me---as if it were a memoir set during the actual Sanders campaign rather than a novel. 

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 09:40 PM

Title sounds good.  Don't stress about it.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 11:54 PM

I like it the more I think about it.

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