New Titles for Alone

So now that I’ve been reworking Alone: King of One, I think I have a problem with my title. The word “King.”

According to Mr. Webster…

Main Entry: king
1 a : a male monarch of a major territorial unit; especially : one whose position is hereditary and who rules for life b : a paramount chief

This is what people think of when they read the word King. Well my book doesn’t have a monarch in it, nor does it have any jousting swords, or dragons.

So I’m going to throw a few Title ideas out there and see what the peanut gallery thinks.
Option one.

We Are Not Alone: Genocide

The “We Are Not Alone” evokes UFO imagery immediately putting the book in the Sci-Fi zone where it belongs, but also might push it into the Roswell conspiracy zone. Where it doesn’t really belong, even though there is a bit of flavor of it it’s not the main focus of the story. Genocide evokes imagery of conflict and death. Which are also part of the story but not the main focus either. This title might keep people away from it because they might not want to

We Are Not Alone: Xenocide

Now the problem with this title is Orson Scott Card apparently created the Xenocide word, but apparently one can not copyright one word. but if I can use it it would put the title even further into the Sci-fi genre.

So what do you all think about the titles?

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2 Responses to New Titles for Alone

  1. Katherine says:

    Totally leave the name as-is! The “King of One” part is such a humorous add-on and says a lot. I love it, and don’t think of a “king” necessesarily, but the fact that if there’s just one person, then it isn’t much of a domain.

  2. craig says:

    how about “a lone king” as he is the last king. or the last king, i like that too now that i just said it, haha.

    or what Katherine said. I think the current title is fine as far as “king” goes. its such a widely used word, i dont think you have anything to worry about. if anything is a little odd about it, its that he isn’t alone for very long. like when i see that title, i expect a character to be alone for the entire book. just my two cents!

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