My latest book has been going under the working title of Dogswap for most of it's life thus far. I originally called my story It's Not Fair!, because that's what Lucy thinks when she wakes up: it's not fair that she has to get up for school, while Sparks gets to stay home. Hence the role-swap.
It's unusual to get to this late stage with the title still in the air, but not important. But we need to make a decision soon, as we must have everything sorted by mid September, ready to present the finished project to overseas buyers at Frankfurt Book Fair in early October. This is our opportunity to get other publishers interested in co-editions. So we need a proper title. Here are some of the other things we've come up with and rejected along the way:
I LOVE being a little girl! - Sparky says this a lot, but it could turn off little boys;
I Love Being a Dog - pulls attention away from Sparky, who is the funniest of the two;
The Very Furry Little Girl - doesn't sufficiently indicate the theme;
And so, we have decided to go for short and snappy: just plain SWAP?!? That should give me plenty of scope / space to draw something funny and eye-catching. Watch this space!