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Eddie Cochran was wrong.  There is a cure for those Summertime blues! 

Announcing:

THE 2010 MEAGER PUDDLE OF LIMELIGHT AWARD FOR BEST BOOK TITLE 
 

I love reading about people's current WIPs, empathizing with their frustrations and sharing their joy when things go well.  There's an ocean of talent here on the worldwide web.  Much of it doesn't get the recognition it deserves. 

 

Here's your chance to bathe in the spotlight (or at least get your socks damp in the meager puddle of limelight) I can provide here on my blog.



Here’s how it works:

If you want to enter, all you have to do is post a comment (or if you prefer, send me a private message) with your best book titles. Please note: no more than two entries per person. Don’t forget to tell me the relevant genre for each title. 

 

I’ll collate them all and put them up for LJ users to vote on by secret ballot at the beginning of September. 

 

Remember, it’s the title, not the book itself which folks will vote on.

What do I get if I win?
Should your title be voted the winner, I’ll post an interview with you and/or a guest blog post here on An Englishman in New Jersey and on the FindAWritingGroup.com blog , where you can pimp your work/website/blog and generally bask in the glory of your victory.


Can I enter the same story titles as last year? 

With the exception of previous winning titles, yes.

Do you plan to enter your own stuff, Jon?

No. As I’m sure you’d agree, with titles like Dracula vs the Daleks and the semi-autobiographical Life With My Old Gran – No Picnic and That’s A Fact, I’d be a shoe-in for the awards, but to avoid any question of foul play I’ve excluded myself from the ballot.

 

I don’t have a Live Journal account. Can I still enter?

Sure, but you’ll need an LJ account to vote for anything.  And if you don't, you'll have to enter via an anonymous comment, so don't forget to leave your name and website/email address as well as your entries. 

 

How will the voting work?

Voting will take place in the form of a secret Live Journal poll. I’ll explain things in more detail when I post the entries.

 

Does it have to be a completed story? 

It can be a WIP, but you’ve got to have at least made a start on it.

 

Do I have to have written it?

Absolutely, please don’t submit a title unless it’s from your own work.

 

What’s the closing date for entries?

To be considered for the 2010 Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for ‘Best Book Title’ please submit your entries by midnight on Monday, August 23rd (at which time, I'll screen all comments here until after the contest winner's announced.



Sure, the Puddles may not be as prestigious as a Hugo or the like, but any award voted for by your peers is one worth having. Besides, just like those shiny diamonds people like to sing about, bragging rights are forever.

 

 

Good luck to all who take part, or as previous contestants might say:

Vene, vidi, puddli!  

 



 
Jon



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palabart
Aug. 16th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
Book Titles Contest
Great idea, Jon.
Bart

Here are my two entries:

Bling Bong the Witch is Dead

First novel of a mystery series about a witch who owns a kitchy jewelry shop in Manhattan and hunts down paranormal killers in her spare time with her sometime boyfriend, a detective on the NYPD. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance


The Prisoner of Brenda

The kinky tale of a lonely spinster college professor who kidnaps a hot young man at the beginning of every summer and takes him to her cabin in northern Maine, where she indulges her every sexual fantasy while keeping him restrained and blindfolded until she releases him right before school starts. Then she makes the mistake of kidnapping a vampire, and the tables are suddenly turned, when Brenda finds herself on the receiving end of the fantasies, and loving it. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal/Erotic


jongibbs
Aug. 16th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Book Titles Contest
Good titles Bart :)
ext_238692
Aug. 16th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Book Titles
The Chromatics Attack (Middle Grade Fantasy)

Heaven's Halfway House (Young Adult Fantasy)
jongibbs
Aug. 16th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Book Titles
Nice! Thanks for taking part, Karen :)
shellsw
Aug. 16th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
My title
My title is Dead Practices

Its Horror Genre and it is about a zombie lawyer

Shells Walter
http://www.sonar4publications.com/zombie.html
jongibbs
Aug. 16th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: My title
Thanks, Shells. Best of luck :)
darkspires
Aug. 16th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
My two are:

Winter Widdershins, an urban fantasy.
Wilden Woods, an urban fantasy.
jongibbs
Aug. 16th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Thanks for taking part, Elizabeth :)
mary_j_59
Aug. 16th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Okay - I'll jump in, because I thought of a great title for the middle-grade fantasy I just began reworking. Well, I think it's a great title. ) It's A Drive of Dragons
jongibbs
Aug. 16th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Good one, Mary. Best of luck :)
bogwitch64
Aug. 16th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
What the hell, eh?
A Time Never Lived (adult/fantasy)
jongibbs
Aug. 17th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for taking part, Terri :)
slweippert
Aug. 17th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm gathering my courage and entering my WIP. I really, really like this title so kinda worried that everybody will hate it.

My goal is to finish this story by December; I'm on track at about 1/3 done right now. :)

YA fantasy novel about wizards: Familiar Trouble
jongibbs
Aug. 17th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
Good luck, Stephanie :)
eilwatkins
Aug. 17th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
Best Book Title Contest
HEX, DEATH AND ROCK 'N' ROLL: Paranormal mystery--psychic sleuth helps accident-plagued rock band that has been told it's under a curse.
jongibbs
Aug. 18th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
Re: Best Book Title Contest
Thanks for taking part, Eileen :)
pgiunta
Aug. 17th, 2010 08:41 am (UTC)
Meager Puddle of Limelight submission
Testing the Prisoner

Genre: Paranormal Fiction

Small town mayor Daniel Masenda finds himself suddenly haunted by a demon and a angelic boy who force him to re-live his abusive childhood. In doing so, Daniel must learn to either forgive, or condemn his mother's soul for eternity.

jongibbs
Aug. 18th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Re: Meager Puddle of Limelight submission
Good luck, Phil :)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 17th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
Jon, great contest.
Software by the Kilo, my latest published fiction novel.
Jason and Kenny needed investors for their startup company but when Italian drug smuggler Roberto Campioni makes them an offer they can't refuse, they get more help than they bargain for: the Feds and Interpol are watching, the smuggler's cartel created in violence during World War II is crumbling, and Roberto's henchmen, even with their love of Clint Eastwood movies, aren’t the type of corporate advisers the pair dreamed of.

And all Kenny wanted was an island vacation with his new girlfriend.
————————————————

“Our other merchandise is sold by the gram, or by the kilo” said Luca.
Carmine smirked at Jason.
“Think you can sell software by the kilo?”
Jason returned the smile.
“I'll sell it any way they'll buy it.”

Voices in my Head
A memoir of stories given to my mother and father on their 70th and 75th birthdays.
Featuring: - "They Told Us We Was Dutch-Indian", a unique search for heritage; - "Catamarans are Death Traps", showing there is more to the Spring Break than beer, women and music; - "Online at the Funeral Home", a collision of modern day connectivity and an Oklahoma farm community frozen in time; - "Rugby, Lesser Sports and Rod Stewart's Wife", Texans do play Rugby - "Getting Married is Like Having a Ring in your Nose that your Wife Can Pull you Around by", the author meets his match.
lketchersid
Aug. 17th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Not Anonymous
Reminder to self: click the right "From" selection.

Sorry, Jon!
Larry
Re: Not Anonymous - jongibbs - Aug. 18th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC) - Expand
maeve_the_red
Aug. 17th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Goodness me, is it that time already? (No, that's not the title, it's an observation on the passing of time.)

My offering is: 'Queen of Nowhere' (SF)

Technically not started, but contracted for, if that counts.
jongibbs
Aug. 18th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
It does indeed. Good luck, Jaine :)
rymrytr
Aug. 17th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)



I have two WIP's, both loosely in the Historical Fiction genre:

1- (Originally, I foresaw a Trilogy called The Silent Ones) with the first book (currently a WIP), called Children of the Marsh Grass. (Native Americans well before any major "discovery" by Europeans, etc)

2- Sacrifices to the Water God (Archeological Dig, Central America)


jongibbs
Aug. 18th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for taking part, Warren :)
realthog
Aug. 18th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
The Dragons of Manhattan

Novel: fantasticated political satire sorta thingie.
jongibbs
Aug. 18th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hi Paul, thanks for taking part :)
rowyn
Aug. 18th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
The Warlock, the Hare, and the Dragon: Fantasy YA novel.
Sign and Sacrifice: Fantasy novel

...

Yes, those really are my best book titles. I'm not that good with titles. v.v
jongibbs
Aug. 18th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with those. Best of luck, rowyn :)
keireland
Aug. 18th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Playing the Hero (Book 1)
genre: space opera. pg13 and up.

Symbol of Hope (Book 2)
genre: space opera. pg13 and up.
jongibbs
Aug. 18th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Nice! Thanks for taking part :)
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