My friend Michael has a question about The Abortionist

October 21st, 2008

Would you be more likely to buy The Abortionist if it was titled Hollow?

Which title would make you more likely to pick it up off a shelf in the first place?

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This is a pretty important question, so I’d really appreciate your feedback.

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  • 1. Jenna  |  October 21st, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Would I, a rabid pro-lifer, be more likely to pick up a book named “The Abortionist”? Absolutely.

    To the average reader, however, two things: first, “The Abortionist” is likely to turn off the average reader, expecting some diatriabe about the evils of abortion (not really the main focus, from what I’ve gathered). Second, on the other hand, the average reader might find “The Hollow” far too boring (no offense). 1000 books could be named the Hollow, and one of those thousand would be interesting. Of course, yours would be that one, but I’ve heard some folks like to judge things by their covers. ;)

    So you’ve got two extremes. Attention grabbing and divisive on the one side, boring on the other (again, no offense).

    Just my two cents. And either way, make sure your publisher ships a few copies down to Austin.

  • 2. Zach W.  |  October 21st, 2008 at 4:38 pm


  • 3. Owen  |  October 21st, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I don’t read a lot of fiction (except campaign literature), but I would pick up “The Abortionist” before I’d pick up “Hollow.” “Hollow” is just so generic. It sounds like any other thriller out there. You can name your next book “Hollow,” because by then your name will be enough to move the books off the shelves.

  • 4. Rustmeister  |  October 21st, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I agree with Jenna on her first part. “The Abortionist” says different things to different people, and many would not pick it up because of the title.

    As for Hollow, it may be boring, but it may be enigmatic.

  • 5. Fuzz Martin  |  October 21st, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Hollow is too…



    I dig The Abortionist.

  • 6. phel  |  October 21st, 2008 at 6:49 pm


  • 7. Josh Schroeder  |  October 21st, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I can appreciate your dilemma.

    “The Abortionist” tells you what the book is about, but maybe it tells you too much.

    “Hollow” tells you something, but begs the question “What is hollow?” or “Who is hollow?”

    I would go with “Hollow” for the title but talk about the main character on the back cover.

  • 8. Alexander  |  October 21st, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    the Hallowed Abortionist

  • 9. grumps  |  October 21st, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    The Da Vinci Code II

  • 10. Bruce  |  October 21st, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Definitely “The Abortionist.”

  • 11. Wendy  |  October 21st, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    What about a title that doesn’t have “abortion” in it but has a word in it that people associate with abortion, like back-ally, coat hanger? Is there a tool the abortionist uses most often? Is it a medical tool with a unique name?

    Whatever you choose to call it, I bet it’s a great book and I can’t wait to put it in a bunch of Christmas stockings…which might be kinda creepy, but whatever.

  • 12. capper  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Neither. Abortionist is too much of a turn off and makes you seem like a crackpot. Hollow is too enigmatic and won’t catch eyes.

    Go with “The Wheels of Justice” or some such.

    Or you could go with “Capper is my friend” and get both sides of the aisle. One group would think “Wow, he knows capper!” and want to buy the book. The other group would think, “Ewww, he admits to knowing capper?” and then they’d buy the book to see just what kind of degenerate you really are. Then you’re rich and can buy me lunch.

  • 13. David Casper  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Hollow, because it would make me read it to figure out what Hollow means, even if I already have a basic idea what the book is about.

    That is, of course, if Michael somehow does explain the connection in the book. I know the guy, too, and sometimes he can be pretty out there.

  • 14. elliot  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Actually, my friend Michael is a crackpot. He also apparently suffers from multiple personality disorder.

  • 15. Jenna  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Ha. How do you tell the lawyer/law student from a group of blog commenters? The person that gives a 200 word essay to answer a question that could be answered with one word. sorry ;)

  • 16. Kate  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Abortionist. I’ve been waiting for it to come out since I first found your site! :)

  • 17. Dean  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I go with capper’s thoughts.

    Well, except I’d substitute Dean for capper.

    Call it “The Autobiography of Elliot Stearns” that’ll keep them guessing.

    That is, if there is an actual book and this whole world is simply a figment of Michael’s imagination.

  • 18. Dean  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I think “not” should be somewhere in front of “simply.”

  • 19. a new voice  |  October 23rd, 2008 at 7:31 am

    I think ‘The Abortionist’ is captivating. Makes me curious. I would read the front and back cover to see if I think it could keep me interested.

    ‘Hollow’ is a little too general. Without being referred to the book I would prob. not pick it up.

    Hope this helps. I’m really looking forward to reading it regardless of what you name it.

  • 20. Kate  |  October 23rd, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Are ya close to publication? Can I get my copy autographed? :) Yes, I’ll even pay for it. LOL

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