Can you help me choose the best title and subtitle for my upcoming memoir on the aftermath of a wildfire? The titles are all illustrated below, but I am not married to any design or photograph at this point. To vote, just leave the number of your preference in the comments. I’d love to hear your rationale, if you care to share, but that’s not essential. I’m not asking about design yet, but that will come in the next step. If something especially trips your trigger here, though, let me know. Here’s background on the book; it also explains the meaning of “burn scars.”

  1. Burn Scars. An Insider’s View of Climate Grief: After the wildfire came the floods, devastating winds, invasive plants, extreme heat, stressed animals, and anxious humans.
  2. Burn Scars: After the Wildfire. Then came the floods, winds, weeds, cancer, loss of wildlife, fear stress, grief. And the bear.
  3. Burn Scars: A Memoir of the Land and its Loss
  4. Burn Scars: A Memoir of Land, Loss, and Grief
  5. After the Forest Burns: The Wildfire Was Just the Beginning
  6. To Heal Our Wounded Mountain. After the Fire Burns, (With review blurb on cover.)
  7. Burn Scars: A Insider Look at Climate Grief. After the wildfire came the floods, winds, weeds, stressed animals, and anxious humans.
  8. Burn Scars: An Insider’s View of Climate Grief. After the wildfire came the floods, winds, weeds, cancer, loss of wildlife, fear stress, grief. And the bear.
  9. After the Forest Burns. An Insider’s View of Climate Grief

13 thoughts on “Burn Scars: Choose a Title

  1. @6 is great but I’d shorten this part” After the wildfire came the floods, winds, weeds, cancer, loss of wildlife, fear stress, grief. And the bear.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I agree the subtitle got a little out of hand! I appreciate your help.

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  2. I like the first title and the first cover

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    1. Thanks, marvelous editor!

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  3. Phyllis Jennings says:

    I like #9. I go for pithy titles, and the term “climate grief”. Congratulations on getting close to completion!

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    1. Thanks, Phyllis. And thanks so much for your early help and encouragement. This has been a process.

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  4. Bx says:

    I’m leaning towards 3 or 8 too. Perhaps 8 but a little less text. “After the wildfire came the floods, the winds, the loss. And the bear.” For cover design, 2 and 5. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks so much. That helps!

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  5. Joy Riggs says:

    My favorite is 8. I like the inclusion of the phrase “climate grief.” And I’m a sucker for bears.

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    1. Thanks, Joy. You do indeed love, and share, a good bear story.

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  6. cheo0 says:

    3 and 8, but now seeing the book covers (I know they are not being considered yet) I think 3 is too simplistic, I like 8 to know more of what I will read.

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl! I might end up with a combination.

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  7. Cheryl Hausafus says:

    I like 3 and 8, but after seeing the book covers (I know, they are not what we are to vote on yet) I think 3 is too simple and I like 8 much better to get a fuller Idea of what I will read.

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