Dear Miss Snark:
Having found the perfect title for my novel--catchy, resonant, fits the plot, all that--I looked it up on B&N and realized that an extremely similar title is already taken. But its sales rank is in the 45,000s, it was published seven years ago, and it's adult fiction rather than YA (although hers and mine are both fantasy).
What do you think? Should I find another title for querying purposes, or use the one that fits my book best? How important IS the title, anyway?
Thank you so much for this blog. It makes the search for an agent seem a lot less scary.
Miss Snark is extremely scary, make no mistake about THAT. However, after coffee, a blow out, a trip to the Lancome counter and soft lighting, she's only intimidating, not truly terrifying. Oh wait ... you weren't referring to her appearance were you?
As to titles: don't worry. Pick the one you like. It's very common for titles to be changed (so don't get your heart set on this one, ok?) and for very different books to have the same title. Thus Billy Graham's memoir, and E. Lynn Harris' hot sexy romance were both titled JUST AS I AM. I never saw the confusion in the bookstore but I'll bet it was hilarious.