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Swoon Author Jessika Fleck: THE OFFERING Gets a Dark and Twisty New Title


Yep, you read that correctly. My book, The Offering, is getting a new title and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

A bit of background: I’m not awesome at book titles. Most of my books (both the published ones and the ones that will never see it past my laptop screen) have been titled ‘The’ + ‘Insert Main Subject Matter’. Ahem. The Offering. It’s simple. To the point. No frills. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Sometimes basic works. Sometimes not so much.

It’s certainly my instinct with most things—book titles aside, apparently—to lean toward the fantastical over the simple. So when the Swoon team asked me to come up with a list of maybe-titles, I jumped at the chance!

But the list I came up with was… not so fantastical. In fact, it was a lot less:

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And more:

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What can I say, titles are not my forte. Still, we continued to brainstorm. I asked my fellow Swoon Reads authors. There were a few back and forth emails, but nothing was feeling quite right.


Thank the writing gods for editors. On our first revision pass of The Offering, Kat used her special-editor-laser vision to spot the perfect title. She even put a note in the margin: “Possible title option.”

Uh, yeah it was.

That said, (because why wait any longer?) The Offering’s sparkly, new title is…

Beware the Night

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Tell me that doesn’t conjure all sorts of fantastical, creepy-cool, imagery? And there’s a secret spin to it that I can’t say but makes it all the more amazing. Promise.

BONUS! Cover voting is tomorrrrrroooow!!! Seriously, I feel like Oprah, “Everyone gets to vote for a cover! You get to vote for a cover! And you get to vote for a cover!” It’s the best (related: Oprah’s also the best).

Thanks for sharing in all of the excitement, Swoon readers! One of my absolute favorite things about this publisher is how involved the readers are in the process. I hope you adore the new title as much as I do and have fun voting for Beware the Night’s book cover. I can’t wait to see which one you choose!    

Come back tomorrow for cover voting!

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Jessika Fleck

Jessika Fleck is a writer, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter—she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do …

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