I’m reading — again! — through my first draft of Mosaic. It needs to be in to my editor by August 1. My 7-year-old and I have been discussing the idea of drafts, and that first versions are seldom as good as the final copy will be. So when he saw me scrolling through the manuscript, he said “Mommy, is that the bad version?” Thanks kid.
Bad version or not, the book does need a subtitle. To be sure, subtitles don’t always matter. Can you quickly produce the subtitle to either The Happiness Project, Lean In, or The 4-Hour Workweek? I doubt you can. However, when something has a more cryptic or metaphorical title, then a subtitle becomes more critical for explaining what the book is about.
My book is based on a time diary study of professional women. It looks at how people combine big jobs and families, and also offers strategies for anyone looking to build a full life. I’m currently thinking of subtitling it “The Art of Winning at Work and Life” but I welcome suggestions.