Saturday, January 26, 2008

Help! (Please)

I heard back from my editors at Tyndale about book # 2 which was turned in earlier this month.

You know what they say about great minds—thinking alike and all that. Well, it seems that one of the threads in my plot somewhat mirror upcoming releases by Angie Hunt and Karen Kingsbury.

So guess which author will be doing a major rewrite? Me.

I’m not panicked and not worried. The reason for the rewrite isn’t because the story is bad or my craft is lacking. If you think about it, I should feel good that my mind is running in the same direction as these best-selling authors.

Besides, I trust God will give me more words.

Right now we’ve got to come up with a new title. All Shook Up is out.
Want to help me brainstorm? If any of my blog readers come up with the winning title, I’ll mention you in the acknowledgements and send you an autographed copy.

I had tied All Shook Up to this verse: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38. I would still like to figure out a way to use this verse.

Another verse I’m considering is: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

The story line is that my character’s looking forward to a quiet, status quo existence, but her college son’s (unacceptable) girlfriend comes into the picture, stirring up trouble in the family, and her beloved father-in-law is also dating, and my poor character feels that changes she can’t control are coming much too fast and furious at her.

If you want to tie that idea to another verse, then have at it.

Please, any help is greatly appreciated.


Kay said...

How about something about her lap? A lapful of something. Or something landing in her lap? That word sounds particularly funny to me at the moment, actually. Lap. Lap.

D. Gudger said...

How bout's something like UNSETTLED, LOVE SHAKE (given the romance threads), UNWELCOME RAIN, something along the lines of a food-processor (going with the shaking idea), Uh, UNEXPECTED, SETTLED? - NOT!, ROILING ROMANCES, what about playing with the idea of a measuring cup spilling? You had the spice theme in the 1st novel, why not continue w/ something cullinary?

I'm still trying to figure out the new genre you're breaking in. :)

Dawn said...

The only thing that comes to mind is "Life Gone Awry." Good luck!

Megan DiMaria said...

Thanks for you ideas, friends. It's not easy, is it?

And Darcie, let me know what you finally figure out for my genre.


Amy said...

this is actually really difficult. :) I'm guessing you sort of want a fun title? How come All Shook Up is out? Anyway...

here are some, off the top of my head:
Pounded, Stirred and Shaken
Running Over Crazy
A Half Measure Off, or Mistaken Measure?
Understanding Crazy

It's harder of course, having never read the book!
Just thought I'd join in the fun!

Megan DiMaria said...

Hi Amy,

Thanks for your suggestions. All Shook Up is out because it is thought to be too Elvis-like.


Anonymous said...

Shaken, Not Stirred
Id that too directly raleted to alcohol?

Anonymous said...

More than my Measure -Karen O'Keeffe

Anonymous said...

Shaken Together...and Running all over the Place
Karen O'Keeffe