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What do we expect from a title?

Hi all. To begin with I'm absolutely rubbish at thinking of titles. But recently I started another story and almost immediately gave it it's title, 'Sex 'n' Drugs & Northern Souls', It's all of the above but only when the story demands it. I do wonder though. With this title would a reader expect it to be almost pornographic with lots of back street dealing? It is the story of ordinary people with these things going on in their own lives and actually begins with drug dealers making threats. Should I use this title or find another less provocative? Thank you.


  1. ELSIE BYRON on November 27, 2017

    Thanks Lorraine I don't want anyone to think it's all about the title, this is what I'm mostly concerned about. It is all included in the story but not page after page. I might re-think it again and look at the idea Adrian gave me about a title with the word 'sin' or 'sins' in it. Boy oh boy this title thing is a real headache for me. Ha! Thanks again

  2. Lorraine Swoboda on November 27, 2017

    'Sex n' Drugs and Northern Souls' suggests something racy to me, and perhaps a harder style than your excerpts on here suggest.


  3. ELSIE BYRON on November 24, 2017

    Hi Vicky. Thanks for your input I've decided to keep this title it was the first one I thought of and I did like it. I was just a bit apprehensive about the title but I'll go with it. Thanks again.

  4. Annie Faux-Pas on November 23, 2017

    Souls, not Soul

  5. Annie Faux-Pas on November 23, 2017

    I really like the title 'Sex 'n' Drugs & Northern Souls'. It's catchy and sounds like it would work with what you've told us so far. Or 'Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Northern Souls', or maybe 'Sex, Drugs 'n' Northern Soul.' It's intriguing.

    I picked up 'From Rusholme with Love' because of the title - I'm not a bond fan, just liked the way it flowed. It was a good book too.

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