Of Titles and Genres

Right now, I’m editing a middle-grade novel.  The title I had, though it fit when I began writing, doesn’t fit now.  So I’m looking for another.  Here’s the blurb on it:

Pala and her team of rangers escort a science mission to what they’ve been told is an uninhabited planet. Governmental insurgents release a biological agent and the rangers must stop them before the planet and everything on it dies.

Titles need to be specific, not only to the story, but also the audience.  It’s got to grab the intended reader’s imagination.  If I’m writing a middle-grade science fiction, such as this one, it needs to be punchier than if it were an adult romance.  It also needs to appeal to the age group.

“Spinning the Tides”, my working title, besides reminding readers of laundry soap, also is too flowery for the genre.  And forget appealing to kids.

I’ve had suggestions of “Saving Colossus” and “Sentient”.  Both would be intriguing to middle-grade readers, but I think this book will also appeal to adult, so I might want to pick “Sentient”.  But, I’m still looking for options.

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Wendy L. Koenig

I was born in Colorado, but raised on a small homestead in Illinois. I served in the USAF right out of high school. After my stint in the military was finished, I returned home and had a horse stable. My first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, Jet’s Stormy Adventure, serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. It was a natural fit, given my business. Later, I attended University of Iowa's famed summer workshops and writing programs. Since that time, I have authored and co-authored numerous books. Several of my novels and short stories have won international awards and have appeared in multiple venues.

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