Working Titles

Since I have published my first Novel Loot I have continued to write and have mostly written novel number two and the work in progress is coming to an end yet I still cannot settle on a choice for the title. So far I have short-listed several including Black Puzzle, A Black Spot of Memory, Remember, The Past in Shadows, and Shades of Remembrance. Still none of these jump out at me. The same thing happened with my first novel Loot, which I wrote under a working title of Jay Sharp almost up to the time that I sent it to the publisher. In the end my editors liked my choice of a final title for the book so I felt vindicated in my choice. I feel sure that when I have finished this book that it will bear a title that doesn’t even resemble my short-listed titles at all. This has led me to think about titles in general. How important is the title of a work? Is it important for the title of a work to evolve with the writing? Is there a method for finding a good title?

Mostly, even editors only have very nebulous ideas about how to choose a title for a book and there seems to be no hard and fast rules for what makes a good title. Phrases like, something catchy, or quirky and so forth are all relatively meaningless in the end when the writer is staring at the screen trying to find the right words. Some titles of the classics have marked those books as cornerstones of literature, so it would seem that a good, enduring title is a great asset for a book and choosing a good title may be one of the things that sets a good writer out from the crowd.


About dgmattichakjr

D G Mattichak jr was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated in one of Melbourne’s exclusive private schools before studying art at Preston Technical College. D G Mattichak jr has been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and has become well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects . He discovered the “key to the order & value of the English alphabet” from Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick. Success in these methods admitted him to the highest levels of attainment in various Hermetic disciplines and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right. After almost three decades of study and development D G Mattichak jr has finally been able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley’s magnum opus, the Book of the Law. D G Mattichak jr currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his artist wife Michelle and their two cats. He has had a long career as an al a carte chef in Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality scene and now spends his time writing blogs on cooking, writing and, in the guise of Master Ankh af na Khonsu, about magick. He is also one of the founding members of the Mt Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering and regularly contributes to its official website as both an administrator and as an author. D G Mattichak jr’s first book Loot was released in 2009. His books are available through at G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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