Huzzah, welcome to tumblr!
Well, Unspoken was originally called ‘Listen for a Whisper’ because I am terrible at titles.
And then when it sold, my editor said gently to me that we’d be changing the name.
Right, I said. Good call, I said.
Any suggestions? she asked.
I… don’t… I said. I’ll think about… that…
Great, she said.
I sent her a few lists of names. They weren’t… I’m terrible at titles. (Like, whose genius idea was it to call The Demon’s Lexicon The ‘Watch Out The Bible Belt Burn This On Sight’ ‘Word People Aren’t Immediately Familiar with?’)
They don’t like anything! I cried. INJUSTICE! I was in France at the time, at a writers’ retreat with Cassie Clare, Holly Black and Robin Wasserman. They were in the pool. I sat beside the pool, contemplating the bees.
Nothing will make them HAPPY, I said. They don’t like ANYTHING, I said. And I still have to think up a Gothic-sounding SERIES title, I continued.
What about Unspoken? asked Cassie. Because they communicate without speaking!
Sure… I said. I mean, I’ll SUGGEST it. But they won’t like it.
What about the Lynburn Legacy for the series title? asked Robin. Haha, or something better than that.
Look… I said. Enjoy all your big heads full of IDEAS and all, guys, but let me just write an email and you’ll see how this goes over.
Great ideas! said my editor. Now we’re all set!
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BRILLIANT IDEAS AND THANKS, JERKS, I said.
And they were all like:
After that, I wanted titles that both began with ‘Un’ (symmetry!) and that were to do with words, because so much of the series is about words, and writing, and communication. ‘Untold’ worked perfectly because there was so much that needed to be told, and hadn’t been—between Jared and Kami, in Kami’s family, and in the town. ‘Unmade’ for a long time was called ‘Unbroken’ but then the lady who wrote Seabiscuit took the title.
I was mad. I cursed the name of the lady who wrote Seabiscuit!
But then, ‘Unmade’ occurred to me. I like it, because promises are made and unmade. And so are people.
… Really, Unbroken was always too cheerful a title…
And so this is the story of the titles of the Lynburn Legacy. Don’t ask about the time someone suggested the title ‘Unvanquished’ because it was a real bad time.
I don’t think I’ve ever said this, but I’ve always loved the title Unmade, tbh. It reminds me of the “do you know what it’s like to be unmade” in Avengers, and as I love black widow to DEATH this is obviously a good thing for me.