Thursday, March 01, 2007

Line Edits on ANNEKA

Line edits are coming.
They should get here tomorrow
or the next day.

(Snoopy Dance)

I have to change the title of the manuscript and the name of the protagonist
but whot the hell archie toujours gai

Publishing date is December 07

12 comments:

  1. Ooooh, December! That's not too far away! *joy*

    Did you decide on a title yet?

    And, I have to ask, what's wrong with Anneka as a name for the protagonist? *curious*

    /Sara E.

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  2. December? Now I've got something for my Christmas list... *g*

    Did they "suggest" a title and/or name, or just tell you to change it? Any ideas?

    Still, very exciting!!!

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  3. Re title. I'm playing with 'The Spymaster's Lady' right now. But it could end up anywhere.

    The consensus is that the name 'Anneka' doesn't sound French enough. I need a name that's more French, but not so French as to be off-putting.

    I have, let's be frank about this, no clue.

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  4. Hm, it's true that Anneka doesn't sound very French. It's a pet form of Anna, isn't it? (I'm basing this assumption on the Swedish name Annika *g*). How about a French version of Anna? I googled up these options:

    Anais
    Anelle
    Anne
    Annette
    Anouk
    Nanette
    Ninette
    Nini

    (Anouk doesn't sound very French to me, but what do I know? I kinda like Anais.)

    Good luck with the name search, in any case!

    /Sara E.

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  5. Anouk does sound rather as if she should be surrounded by ice-floes and seal blubber, doesn't it?

    I am hoping something will come to me in the night.
    (sigh)
    I've been mentally trying different names in different slots and trying to pick a name that feels right. Not much luck.

    I'd like a 'K' or hard 'G' or 'T' sound.

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  6. Jo, my naming books had little to offer of French "A" names with a hard or semi-hard sound:

    Allegra
    Ambra
    or Angelique [g]

    I can hardly wait until December. I know what's going on _my_ Christmas list.

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  7. I am just about tearing my hair out on this one.

    I knew I'd need a new title a couple of weeks ago.
    Haven't found a title yet, really.

    I only found out Two Days Ago I needed a new heroine name.
    So I haven't found a heroine name yet,
    more,
    if you see what I mean.

    Not Gabrielle. Not Nichole.
    Not Annette.

    That's three down. Only another 876,439 French names to go.

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  8. Jo, Your signature line in the Writers Forum led me here. I've very much enjoyed your writing, and your generous and wise writing advice there. (I'm a long-time lurker who loves to read).

    I think Anneka is a great name because it is feminine yet not wimpy.

    Here are a couple names from 2000names.com to provoke your imagination!

    {please excuse lack of accent marks)
    K sound:
    Dominique
    Veronique

    T sound:
    Nicolette

    A beginning sound:
    Agnes (Avec accent egu)
    [Swap to/from English would be easy, plus it sounds good in French and looks no-nonsense in English!]
    Alienor (means foreign, other!)
    Arianna

    Meanings with added-value:
    Elodie (foreign wealth)
    Penelope(Weaver of cunning)

    I'm looking forward to buying your books no matter what you name them!

    Kathy D.

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  9. Jo -

    I like "The Spymaster's Lady"...definitely a romance title, and gets the fact that it's about spies right across. *g*

    As for names...

    Adele
    Alexis
    Caresa
    Clarice
    Colette
    Corinne
    Elita
    Franziska
    Genevieve
    Giselle
    Lissette
    Margaux/Margot
    Marguerite
    Nadine
    Racquel
    Tempeste
    Vivienne

    Some of those are just for fun, hehe. Good luck!

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  11. Dominique ... Clarice ... hhmmmm ...

    I wish I were better at this name stuff.
    How do people DO this?


    JoB
    who managed it once and figures she shouldn't have to do it twice ...

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  12. Well, this name suggesting thing is kind of fun. For those of us who don't have to do the actual choosing, of course. *g* It must be difficult to rename a main character. After all, you "know" them by a certain name.

    Hard sounds... How about

    Benedicte
    Clarisse
    Corinne
    Frederique
    Gaelle
    Gaetane
    Hyacinthe
    Magali
    Marguerite
    Monique

    /Sara E.

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