My Book Now Has a Working Title
After some final discussions with the last people on my team to weigh in on the title for my new book, we have come to an agreement on the working title we will be using:
Yes, it's different than the one I though we would be going with just this morning, but I like it. It recalls the sort of melodramatic titles that 1950s movies had: Rebel without a Cause, All That Heaven Allows, The Day the Earth Stood Still, etc. The next step will be sending the proposal and manuscript to editors, which should take place this week.
1/17/2021 08:49:59 pm
"The Rebel and the Fear." I don't hate it, but eh.
1/18/2021 12:33:17 am
"The Rebel & the Fear: James Dean, Flying Saucers, and the Great Cold War Panic".
1/18/2021 11:44:12 am
My thoughts exactly, Rooster.
1/19/2021 12:22:15 am
Right on, ND!
1/18/2021 01:03:55 pm
A title with two parts, one synthetic (The Rebel & the Fear) and the other analytical (James Dean, Flying Saucers, and the Great Cold War Panic). So far so good. But a reader may read The Rebel & the Fear: James Dean, Flying Saucers... This reader will expect a direct link between J. D. and flying saucers. As far as I can remember this is not in the tips Colavito has been providing. If this is intentional, he should keep saving them, as they may be the focus of public interest in the book.
1/18/2021 06:23:30 pm
The connection is more direct than you would think, but not in the way you would expect.
1/18/2021 07:37:08 pm
I will take "you" as a reference to readers of the blog. Colavito is hiding something from us. The definitive proof of UFO cover-up!
1/18/2021 07:30:37 pm
Regardless, I’m anxious to see the result. Jimmy, saucers, panic - what’s not to like? I hope it meets Jason’s expectations. Cheers!
1/18/2021 10:20:25 pm
You should have them put a photo of Dean wearing the iconic red jacket on the book cover as a sort of tie-in with the whole red scare — although I suppose that would involve paying a licensing fee which is likely not in the budget.
1/18/2021 11:53:45 pm
Being pre-1976 it may well be in the public domain.
1/20/2021 10:53:23 am
It would only be in the public domain if the copyright holder failed to renew which is quite unlikely for material related to Dean. The 1976 law (and subsequent laws) actually extended the life of prior copyrights.
1/20/2021 05:30:29 pm
That's why *existing* pre-1976 is important, genius. Don't step to me.
1/21/2021 09:29:30 am
That’s why I politely pointed out that your statement that the material “very well” might be in the public domain was stupid. It took me exactly 30 seconds to find the website that licenses Dean images, including those from “Rebel Without a Cause.”
1/21/2021 03:35:45 pm
So I said something *might* be the case and you say it's *not* the case.
1/19/2021 12:08:05 am
Jason, I am so happy that your book is going to publication. This time I am going to share my experience so you can make your book better before it is published.
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