Book Title Reveal – Part 3

I’ve been posting some photos of Belfast which feature as locations in the book I am presently writing. It’s the first in a planned trilogy with the working title of ‘The Kirkwood Scott Khronicles’ although quite a few of you have suggested I drop the ‘K’ and go with ‘Chronicles’. It’s all great feedback which I’m very grateful for. Keep it coming! I won’t be offended by any of your suggestions.

Today’s location is The Monaco Bar, located in the city centre, just off High Street. I spent a lot of my late twenties and early thirties in this bar. Fionnuala and I had one of our first dates here. Wasn’t she a lucky girl? Winecellar Entry leads to an enclosed square bordered by The Monaco, and another bar, White’s Tavern, which claims to be the oldest pub in Belfast. I always preferred The Monaco though as the beer was cheaper and they screened the horse racing.

Separating the two bars is a bookmakers where I frittered away many an afternoon. And many a pay cheque. Thankfully my drinking and gambling days are behind me but several chapters of the book are based in a bar and bookmakers which are hybrids of several I used to frequent ‘back in the day’. Kirkwood Scott is a cooler, wittier, smarter, braver version of 25 year old Stephen Black.

I have several questions for you today as I’m fed up with having to do all the work on this blog. I’d be grateful for any advice you can provide. So here goes….

Khronicles or Chronicles? The debate rages on. Which do you prefer?

Should a trilogy be divided into parts, books,volumes? Something else?

‘Part One’ has a working sub title of ‘The Square’ or ‘Skelly’s Square’. Skelly is one of the bad guys in the story. Which do you prefer?

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  1. 1. Chronicles. I am sorry, but Khronicles is just too clever.
    2. Books, definitely.
    3. The Square.

    Good luck with finishing the book. I am looking forward to ordering it on Amazon.

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  2. Love the pictures and your narrative about them. I prefer Chronicles. It just feels comfortable, but sometimes different and uncomfortable is necessary. Go with your gut.

    You wrote: ‘Kirkwood Scott is a cooler, wittier, smarter, braver version of 25 year old Stephen Black.’ There, you already have a premise for a prequel–what changed Stephen Black?

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  3. 1. If it’s going to be Khronicles, there should probably be some reason for the different spelling. Maybe Kirkwood Scott always spells words with a K? Or maybe, to the characters, a Khronicle signifies a story about magical events, as opposed to an ordinary Chronicle?

    2. If each instalment of the trilogy has its own beginning, middle and end, I think it should be ‘books’. If the first instalment is simply setting up events for the second instalment, and flows seamlessly into it, I think it should be ‘parts’.

    3. I think ‘Skelly’s Square’ sounds more intriguing as a book title.

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  4. Chronicles. Khronicles is just silly in my opinion. Trilogies are either divided into volumes or books. The Lord of the Rings is divided into six books and three volumes (2 books per volume). Though originally it was meant to be one volume and not a trilogy. It got split into three by the publisher due to a paper shortage…

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  5. The title of a book serves two purposes:

    1] It’s the first hook for a potential reader.
    2] It makes a promise to the potential reader.

    In order to successfully achieve both, it needs to hint to the potential reader what the book is about.

    So if you are going to use an unusual spelling of a common word but then throughout the story no one ever uses this word, or uses this unusual spelling convention, the promise is broken. What you have then done is hinted to the reader there is something significant in the story about the spelling but then never deliver. That’s not something you want to do to your reader.

    Ask yourself why you changed the spelling to begin with. What does it mean to you and your story? Is it serving a purpose?

    The answers to those questions will be what guides you as to whether or not you keep it as Khronicle or change it to Chronicle.

    Apply the same principle to “The Square” vs. “Skelly’s Square” for the subtitle.

    I have no preference between volume and book. I have seen both in use, but I consume a wide variety of media in multiple genres. I’m not sure my advice in this regard would be accurate.

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      1. I just don’t think people will remember it’s with a K, when recommending it or talking about it people will automatically assume it’s with a C. But ultimately the choice is yours, just be prepared to say ‘with a K’ a lot of times 😄

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  6. ToadieOdie has got it right about the chronicle debate also Louisa Watson. There has to be a reason. Books, volumes, trilogies … this is where personally I’d take the advice of a publisher, that’s what you’re paying them for, the experience and knowledge – I’d have thought it’s pretty crucial to get this right, so take expert advice. By the way, just remembered, there was an interesting and rather amusing article about becoming an author and writing a bestseller in The Times yesterday … worth a read if you can dig it out. Apart from telling us how hard it is to make a decent living from writing, 😫 it’s got some excellent advice. Back to The Square … Personally, The Square conjures up something with formality and high, grey buildings, could be slightly austere … thinking City of London. Skelly’s Square has a different feeling altogether. It now belongs to a person so has become smaller and less intimidating and far less formal. Katie

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    1. I must admit I laughed at you sitting with your copy of The Times. How very English of you. Can I view it online? Or is there any way you could e-mail it to me. I’m afraid the anti-Khronicles Brigade are winning the debate. It’s a bit scary to be honest. That’s just the title, imagine what they will do the actual manuscript.

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      1. Ha! Fear not … we’re just all jealous that you’re leagues ahead of us and we all love to be asked for advice! It’s our favourite occupation. Will work out how to send it to you … just got to teach stepdaughter how to play table tennis! Back in a mo.

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          1. Ok so they try to get you buy a subscription and photographing it proved … fuzzy … so rang them, spoke to a very nice fellow called Habib and grovelled and he’s sent it to me via email! Yay! Now I’m trying to work out how to get it to you … struggling … Will get there in the end!

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  7. C for Chronicles.
    Skelly’s square
    Write the book in a way that makes it easier for you to Write…its really up to you about the best way it works for you.
    I love your blog and writing style…witty without getting carried away. Lovely! Hope your book’s a success. Liz

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