We are barreling through January (in case you needed a friendly reminder!), and I've been busy finishing up my manuscript and preparing for all things book launch! But I'm stuck! A cover needs to be designed and marketing material produced- all of which require a very important title!
I've used A Roosevelt Smile thus far, but I haven't convinced myself that this is in fact the title. Will you help lend me your opinion?
First, let me tell you some options and the background behind them- then cast your vote at the end and point me in the right direction!
A Roosevelt Smile
Frances, my great-grandmother protagonist, is first drawn to the confident smile in a photo she sees of Franklin Roosevelt while cleaning his mother's library. Throughout the story, this Roosevelt smile serves various purposes, and Frances hopes her own child will inherit the charming grin.
The inspiration behind this came as I read the Roosevelt children's memoirs. I flipped over the cover of James's book and saw his smile, which felt so familiar and reminded me of my grandfather.
The Roosevelt's Ruse
I like this potential title for two reasons. It portrays the Roosevelt involvement, and "ruse" provides a double entendre, highlighting Franklin's charades, while coincidentally being Czech for "rose," which bares significance in the story as well as in Frances's son's last name.
My apprehension with this title is that the book is about Frances and her time as a servant for the Roosevelts, and the title might lead readers to think the story's protagonist is a Roosevelt?
Frances in America
Based on a piece of dialogue, this statement broadly encapsulates Frances's American journey signaling an immigrant's journey. My apprehension with this title is that it doesn't include Roosevelt.
Too much Roosevelt, too little Roosevelt? What should I do!?!
is a writer & tired homeschooling mom of five.