Last night I wrote that I was almost done with editing my latest novel. Now I actually am done.
I've been talking about this one for a while. It's a YA novel about a teenager whose father invents a way to cut through to alternate histories--and then someone comes in through from one of these alternate worlds, kidnaps Dad, and disappears. I just reread every word of the thing without cringing. I hope that's a good sign.
The problem now is the title. It's working title all the way along has been Timeslip. But, as my writing workshop pointed out, it's misleading. It's not about time, its about worlds. My friend Steve Popkes has pushed strongly for Crossworld. There are merits to the suggestion, but there's an evangelical tinge to the term, as you can see from this organization.
I like getting "World" in there. But putting that word first, as in Worldslip, crams too many consonants together. The same problem dogs my actual favorite alternative Worldswap. That's probably why this simple combo has never been used as a book title, as far as I can tell. Crossing Worlds has been used once, but for a historical novel, not an alternate world adventure, so that's a possibility.
I often get stuck at this point. I want a title that lets the reader know at least a bit about the book. IF anyone has any votes or suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them.