Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Just So You Know What A Doofus I Can Be

I get a phone call yesterday from Kate Duffy (my editor) at Kensington. She wants to run a title past me to see what I think.

"mumbling-something the Moon," she says. (I'm on my cell phone at the office with two printers going in the background and didn't quite catch the first word.)

I frown. "Can you repeat that first word?"

"Baring the Moon," is what I heard. So my mind clicks along, turning it over and thinking, this is good. He's a werewolf trying to keep it secret but he has to "bare" his soul to the heroine because of the moon. This will work! "I love it," I say.

Then... I get to thinking about what *else* it could mean. And I mean I think about it all morning. Somewhere about 1:00 or so I send Kate an email that says, "I have a slight issue with the title Baring the Moon. I have this picture in my mind's eye of Ryder's naked buttocks hanging out the car window... Now, granted, I'm sure they're quite lovely and biteable buttocks, but I'd hate for people to snark on the title and not read the book. What do you think? What about Bearing the Moon?"

She replies, "DARING (not Baring) THE MOON."

I kid you not, I snorted my iced tea I started laughing so hard at myself and my complete dweebness. Daring the Moon sounds better than Baring the Moon.

But I was so looking forward to a nice nekkid bum on my book cover...

LOL (And, yeah. I'm still laughing my ass off about it this morning. At least I gave my agent and editor a good laugh, too. I am good for somethin'.)

*snort*

8 comments:

Christine d'Abo said...

LOL Oh poor you! And I think that is an honest mistake, so I wouldn't worry about it. I love the title though!

Sherrill Quinn said...

Oh, I'm not worried about it a bit, Christine. It's funny as hell and I know Kate and Susan (my agent) got a kick out of it. (Although there may have been some eye-rolling going on for all I know...) *G*

Stephanie said...

LOL! You Crazy Woman!!

I'm sure that they enjoyed the laugh as much as you did!!

Sherrill Quinn said...

Well, Stephanie, I copy my agent on all correspondence going to the editor, and after the last round of "It's DARING not Baring" she responded with a "Thanks for the first guffaw of my day" to which Kate responded that I had charmed her, too. LOL Well, I guess there's no sense in pretending that I'm sophisticated...

Ali said...

omg, Sherrill, that is hilarious!! roflol
I would have bought Baring the Moon, though *bg*

Sherrill Quinn said...

Thank you, Ali! I was hoping for a pare of bare butt-ocks on the cover, but if the title isn't Baring the Moon, I don't think that's gonna happen. LOL

Sierra Dafoe said...

LOL! Oh God, Sherrill, that's a riot! And yep, that IS a good title!

-- Sierra

Sherrill Quinn said...

Sierra, I'm *still* laughing about it. *G*