The Challenge of Coming up with New and Interesting Topics for a Blog Tour

Marilyn in pensive mood_edited-1When I decided to do yet another blog tour I intended to keep it short, just the last half of April. What changed things is when I asked people if they’d host me, some had particular days that they used guest blogs and before I knew it I was scheduling into the first half of May.

Some of the hosts have given me questions to answer, an interview, or even several suggestions, however others, like Linda, are leaving it up to me what I write about. After all, I should be able to come up with interesting topics, right?

The challenge comes in because it seems like I’ve written all the most fascinating stuff about me, my writing, or even the book that I’m promoting on this blog tour, which by the way is called A Crushing Death.

So far, I haven’t written about how I come up with titles. This particular one was easy because the mode of murder was so unusual. Other times I have no idea what I’m going to call a mystery until I’m done, and then the obvious title will come to me. Once someone gave me a title to use and I’d nearly finished writing the whole book before I knew how the title would tie in with the plot. In case you’re wondering which one, it’s called Murder in the Worst Degree.

Every book I write I read to my critique group, which I consider my first editor. If I’m really stumped as to what title to give a book, I ask them for suggestions. After all, the members of the group have heard the whole plot and usually one of them will come up with the perfect title.

So there it is, my hopefully interesting topic for Linda’ s blog.

If any of you have a great suggestion for figuring out titles for books, be sure and put it in the comment section.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

A Crushing Death

A Crushing Death Right - CopyA pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for attacking women, and Detective Milligan’s teenage daughter has a big problem.



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F. M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn Meredith is nearing the number of 40 published books. Besides being an author she is a wife, mother , grandma and great-grandmother. Though the Rocky Bluff she writes about is fictional, she lived for over twenty-years in a similar small beach town. Besides having many law enforcement officers in her family she counts many as friends. She teaches writing, loves to give presentations to writing and other groups, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, three chapters of Sisters in Crime and on the board of Public Safety Writers Association.




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The Challenge of Coming up with New and Interesting Topics for a Blog Tour — 20 Comments

  1. Glad to have you here again. I think on your next visit you’ll be right at forty published books over your lifetime. When you first started writing did you ever fathom you’d publish that many books?

    • I can assure you that I never had any idea how many books of mine would be published back when I first began. Linda. By the way, one of my readers recognized you name from my last Tempe book.

  2. The title should definitely relate to the plot. It should be short, catchy and I always like alliteration, if possible, but not always. Sometimes just a title can hold enough mystique that someone has to turn over the book to see what it’s really all about. My next work in progress is called Mrs. Odboddy – Cross Country Courier… intriguing, huh? As she carries a secret package from CA to President Roosevelt in Washington during WWII, I think it definitely fits the plot. Your title, A Crushing Death certainly does the trick. Tells the plot and captures the imagination and curiosity of the reader.

    • I love your series, Elaine. In my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series I’ve tried to keep it to two or three words. But in this series, I’ve never worried about that.

  3. I know at my age it would be impossible to write and publish that many books. I got a real late start. How neat that someone connected my name to the last Tempe Crabtree book. It’s not often I get a character named after me. Linda Thorne sounds like a common name, but it really isn’t.

  4. Great post, Marilyn. Titles are the hardest part of the writing for me. Sometimes a finished book will sit for months while I wrestle with the title. But sometimes the title comes to me even before I start to write. Sometimes, a passing phrase from a TV show or movie just strikes me the right way and fits something I’m working on, like “Impossible Girl,” first in a YA series I’m starting (actually stopped writing so I could read today’s blog, Marilyn!). I like to keep lists of possible titles, just in case one will fit something I write — and that does happen. Not as often as I’d like, but sometimes… Ahh, titles, the bug-a-boo of my writing career! LOL

  5. Marilyn, my second book originally had the title PIMPEL, which was the title of an advertisement my characters had created if their clients wanted to pay for a particular child predator to be eliminated. I thought it was original, but nobody liked the title. It was a year later after reading the book for the third time for editing purposes that I came up with the current title, “An Ocean in the Desert.” I think most writers change the title of the books as they go along.

    • Joe, I’ve not changed a title once I decided on it, but my first published book I had what I thought was a great title, the publisher changed to one I didn’t think made sense. When I got the rights back and published it as an ebook, I changed the title back.

  6. Joseph, thank you for stopping by. I’m sorry I didn’t get your blog on the post right away. I was at work and saw one had come in, but my website was down. I asked my husband to let it drop and I guess my website was truly down because he got the same weird message. I will let Marilyn know you have commented. Nice to know you and your story of your book title is interesting.

  7. I’m a sucker for “punny” titles! Or, titles from quotes that people recognize. I also make sure it ties into something in the book. My first, “Fools Rush In” caused men to sing me the Elvis song. It’s actually from a quote from Coleridge. The second in the series continues the quote: “Where Angels Fear.” The third Christy Bristol Astroloy Mystery is “A Snitch In Time.”

    I also try to get very creative with blog headlines. I could probably make a living writing titles for tabloids!