Titles are so important whether it be for hooking an agent's attention or hooking a reader's attention. Of course, nothing will sell because of a title alone, but it's a nice way to catch the eye of someone. Running From the Past (written under my alter ego) is to date, my favorite title. Originally I'd used this title for a different story, one that's currently gathering dust on my computer. It was for the first thing I ever wrote and even though the story was eventually (deservedly) rejected by everyone in the free world, I had a very high response rate from query letters (almost 90%). I credit part of that b/c of the blurb itself and the title. Fast forward two years later, I was working on my first erotic romance and decided to use this title again. Eventually it placed in the GE contest and sold to Ellora's Cave (my first sale to them). Obviously it sold because of its merit, but to date, it's my best seller. While I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the content and the sexy cowboy on the cover, I like to think the title helps draw people in. :)
Interesting history lesson for the day: One of my favorite books, The Great Gatsby, was originally titled Trimalchio in West Egg. Scott F. Fitzgerald's editor told him to change it. From a marketing standpoint, that was a wise choice.
I swear there's a point to my post. I'm asking for title help. See below for a brief blurb of my current manuscript. Some of the content has changed, but the basic idea of this story is outlined and I need help! If I end up using your title, you'll win a copy of my upcoming release from Ellora's Cave, Worth the Risk. It comes out February 24th so you've got over a week and a half. (I've added a picture of Gerard Butler for inspiration).
Scott O’Callaghan got into trouble as a teenager, but now he’s grown and runs a respectable auto body shop. Unfortunately for him, the sheriff of his town has it out for him no matter how much he’s cleaned up his act. When he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, no one is more surprised than him when straight laced Michaela Miller provides him with an alibi. An alibi that’s a complete lie. Determined to find out why his sexy next door neighbor helped him out, he puts himself in danger of losing something he’d never considered. His heart.