And book 2, Quick Fix, is already in the talented hands of my editor, The Amazing Mel (Melissa Frain) at Tor. I have complete faith in her ability to whip that sucker into shape before it's release next summer.
It's book 3 that's been giving me fits until recently (like yesterday). For some godawful, unknown reason--possibly a touch of writing OCD--I can never seem to get a good start on a WIP (work in progress, for you non-writers) until I have a working title that I like. Which is really kind of silly, because there's never any guarantee a publisher will let you keep the title. They may have their own ideas about what constitutes a title that will, yannoh, sell the book.
Now, I was lucky, because Tor decided they liked In a Fix as a title for book 1, and I'm pretty sure they're going with Quick Fix for book 2. Which is cool, because I would probably never be able to think of them any other way, and it would get awkward if I called them one thing while everyone else called them something else.
But there's no guarantee they'll go with my title for book 3.
(Hell, there's no guarantee they'll even buy book 3. I'm guessing that will depend on how well books 1 & 2 sell. But I'm going to be optimistic and write it anyway, because I love spending time in Ciel's world, and it's fun to tell her stories.)
But back to my little OCD problem: I just couldn't commit to a title in my head. I knew I wanted it to contain the word "fix," of course, for series continuity. And I do have a ton of possible "fix" titles for future books (yes, I am very optimistic about the series going on for a while), but I also need the title to fit the plot of the specific book. And none of the ones I have in reserve were really doing it for me.
Until yesterday, when I thought of ...
FIX IT TILL IT BREAKS
Which will work nicely, I think, with the overall plot of the book. And when I showed it to TG, he said, "Yes! I love it! It's kickass." So there's that about it.
I think it's already working, because I now know where the book will start. I even have a tentative* opener:
"It's not that I'm averse to holding on to something long and cylindrical, even if it does wiggle a bit. But when it hisses at me, I get nervous."
* Tentative because these things always tend to change as I write the book. Who knows what it might morph into before I'm done? But it's a start. Something that will give me writing momentum, which is the important thing at this stage.
So, if you're a writer, how important is it for you to have a working title you like?
Whether or not you're a writer, is there anything you're a little OCD about?