We Have Title!

Posted: January 13th, 2011 under Crisis of Vision, the writing life.
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Book III is no longer Book III, or the tentative title I sent it in with.   Editor (who is a genius, if anyone asks)  agreed that the tentative title wasn’t an obvious marketing winner, and suggested (ta-DAH)  Crisis of Vision.     And I immediately said (after the ritual headdesk maneuver for not thinking of it myself) Hurray, hurray, o frabjous day, a book is born, hurray, hurray.

Now to change the filename, the header line, and offer Editor a copy with all its referents correct.    She hasn’t had time to read it yet, but she may already have printed it out, in which case she won’t want to print out a second copy but will wait until I’ve fixed her problems with it.

Editors can be really smart, y’know?

The reason you didn’t get a blog post yesterday (when I planned to make one) is that I left for the city early, to visit and have lunch with a friend who’s got serious health problems, and didn’t get home until 10:30 pm, at which point I found a note from Editor asking for something to be done overnight.  So I did, but it took me longer (was tired and s..l…o…w) and by 1:30 am, I wasn’t going to write your blog post.

On the good side of that, today we have TITLE.   Bet you’d rather have the right title than a wandering post about the progress of IV.

And now, back to IV, which is still cantering ahead.


  • Comment by Adam Baker — January 13, 2011 @ 1:21 pm


    I like that! Definitely think its better than any of the ones I suggested.

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 13, 2011 @ 1:34 pm


    Betsy is brilliant. She was my first editor and having her again for this group of books is sheer delight.

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 13, 2011 @ 2:11 pm


    Progress report: Book IV this week has grown 9488 words, now more than double where it was this time last week (9177.) That’s the last time that will happen…books grow arithmetically, not geometrically, due to the limitations of the writer. The total word count is 18,665, and the page count is 96.

    Today, despite not enough sleep, the book kept me going for 2738 words. That’s enough to annoy the hands, so it’s time for ibuprofen and a rest.

    The new stuff is all first draft, and I have not done any editing to speak of.

  • Comment by Adam Baker — January 13, 2011 @ 3:01 pm


    Man, wouldnt be it nice to have the output double every week, just imagine the production! haha.

    Im just happy to hear that there’s forward progress no matter how big or small, because we all know that means there’s something to look forward to in the future, and thats a great thing.

  • Comment by Dave Ring — January 13, 2011 @ 3:53 pm


    This title I like very much.

    It seems book 4 is starting at a rapid pace. Can you tell yet if book 3 was the hinge of the story arc, or if book 4 will be? Is the second half of the arc faster to write (since you know more) or slower (more constraints to meet)?

  • Comment by Kip Colegrove — January 13, 2011 @ 4:23 pm


    Yes, a good title indeed.

    In so many areas of life, don’t the good choices look so obvious right after someone else has thought of them?

  • Comment by Karen — January 14, 2011 @ 8:43 am


    LOVE the title! Yes, Betsy is a genius. (And so are you.)

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 14, 2011 @ 5:21 pm


    Adam–find me a finger joint grease that eliminates arthritis in the hands, and I could go faster. Sometimes.

    Dave–III acted like a hinge…it’s too early to tell for sure with IV, but it’s acting like it’s on the run for home.

    Kip–SO true. Of course this is the right title. But I don’t care who comes up with it, as long as it fits.

    Karen–Thanks…but without her, I’d be less a genius.

  • Comment by arthur — January 14, 2011 @ 6:28 pm


    This is Arthur. Fine title.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — January 15, 2011 @ 9:50 am


    VISION! But who’s vision is in crisis? Kieri and his “chats” with his ancestors? Dorrin and her mageborn royal sight? Someone else? Now I’m even more intrigued. Only 12/14/16 months away! Hooray!

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 15, 2011 @ 10:08 am


    Whose vision? That’s what the story’s about. I like to find words in the title that resonate across multiple characters and multiple themes and subplots. There’s outer vision, what’s seen with the eyes (or not) and several varieties of inner vision.

    But you really need KINGS first, in this instance.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — January 17, 2011 @ 3:38 pm


    Elizabeth, I figured as much. That’s why I think it is a great title. That much more for getting people interested in Vision with the trailing advert page in Kings. Glad it’s ready to go in time for the printing.

  • Comment by Louise — August 27, 2011 @ 6:30 am


    Hi guys – my first visit to this site after reading the whole of the Deed of Paks, then the first two of the Legacy. Loved them all & have pre-ordered Echoes. But a question – I can’t figure out from Amazon what the title of Bk3 is – Amazon UK says it is Echoes of Betrayal. But then what is Crisis of Vision? and why no version listed under that title except as an audio book? Would be very grateful if anyone can clarify – all best

  • Comment by elizabeth — August 27, 2011 @ 6:58 am


    Louise: The original title of Book III was indeed Crisis of Vision, but my UK editor didn’t like it, and my US editor wasn’t so wild about it that we couldn’t change it…so we brainstormed and we all liked Echoes of Betrayal better. All that happened awhile back. I had no idea the audio book was still listed under the “old” title and I’ll email my agent and–hopefully–we can ensure that it doesn’t come out with the old title.

    Thank you for bringing this up, esp. the part about the audio books. And welcome to the blogsite. Hope you enjoy it.

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