Today, I got the official word that the adjustments to the series name on my novel releasing next month are locked down. The journey through titles on this coming book has been something like canoeing through rapids.
I wrote two-thirds of the manuscript back in the rough-draft stages (wow, that seems like ages ago) calling it nothing but "Danae's Story." I have always had a deep an abiding loathing of titling my works. I never title my drawings. I always struggled to affix a title to my films in college, and then they usually turned out to maintain the name of the works I was adapting for film ("The Highwayman," based on the poem by Alfred Noyes, and "The Cat and the Fiddler," based on the short story by Lloyd Alexander, for example.) This title-phobia extended quite naturally into when I started writing fiction.
I finally settled on a title of The Sword of the Patron for my novel, since I was going to start showing it to people and I figured I better be able call it something. But fantasy novels have long used the "____ of the _______" formula for titles, so publishers and editors are now prone to shy away from them.
After David Farland critiqued the first third of the book for a workshop I took with him about a year and a half ago, I shortened the title to drop the opening "the." He referred to the book as Sword of the Patron, and I typically did too, whenever I talked about it. But it was still a blank-of-the-blank. Let's be honest.
Written World Communications/Other Sheep wanted something crisper for the book, and that's where the title made it's final transition to Curse Bearer. It's more central to the story and bears multiple meanings, so it was a good switch.
The book remained, however, the first book in a proposed trilogy, and can you guess what format the trilogy name followed? Yep. Blank-of-the-blank. The series has been The Call of the Creator for almost as long as the book was The Sword of the Patron. But time has passed. Much editing has transformed the book. It's not the same story it was under either of those titles. And so, like Sword of the Patron had to go, so did Call of the Creator...at least for the series. The new name? After much thought and mulling of the overarching elements of the series, I've landed on...
The Risen Age Archive.
It's got an epic sound. There's no "of the" to be found anywhere. And to all of your consternation, I'm sure, you won't learn what that series title means until at least book two. I hope you'll follow Danae at least that far and find out the root of this new moniker.