Blood Summit by Leigh Turner

How to choose a title: Body Politic, Blood Summit, or the President’s head?

Leigh Turner
Leigh Turner

How the choose a title for your self-published novel is a tough decision for any author.  I tried crowd-sourcing advice.  The results are here.

If you would like to read more writing tips, click on the link.

How to choose a title?

A couple of years ago I self-published my first novel.  “Blood Summit” is a tense, intelligent thriller set around a summit in Berlin.  Terrorists seize the leaders of eight of the world’s largest nations, including the President of the United States.

A British diplomat, Helen Gale, must solve the riddle of the hostage-taking, with the help of a female special forces officer; a German intelligence cop; and an American spook.

I was confident that the novel was, to quote reviews on Amazon, “unputdownable”.

The challenge

But what should I call it?  My first thought was “Show me the Head of the President”.  During the siege, the terrorists say they have killed and decapitated the leader of the Free World.  Helen doesn’t believe them.  ‘Show me the head of the President,’ she says.

Subsequent events lead to her being fired.

So that was one option.

A second option, based on the fact that the thriller contains some political analysis and quite a few victims of violence, was Body Politic.  My agent favoured this.  A third option was “Blood Summit”, which seemed to me to suit the content of the book well.

But I couldn’t decide between them.

The solution

So I wrote a blog to ask my readers, as follows:

You’re shopping for a fast-paced, intelligent action thriller.

You spot three books, set in Berlin, which you think might meet the bill.Blood Summit takes place in the Berlin Reichstag

The Reichstag in Berlin: setting for my new novel

One of them is called Blood Summit.

One of them is called Body Politic.

The third is called Show me the head of the President.

On which do you click?

Please let me know in the “comments” section below.

The result: Blood Summit

The result of the survey was a strong vote for “Blood Summit”.  So that’s what I went with.  The result is here:

Blood Summit cover

P.S. If you enjoy fresh, original writing, you can follow me on Facebook or sign up for my weekly newsletter (you can unsubscribe anytime you wish).

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Sign up for my update emails

…and receive a FREE short story!

I won’t pass on your details to third parties / unsubscribe whenever you wish

5 Responses

  1. I definitely prefer “Show me the head of the president”. This title evokes pictures like the one of Saint John the Baptist’s head on a plate and it simulates one’s imagination. What do you think ablout shortening the title? “The president’s head”.

  2. Presumably the last one is a nod towards ISIHAC and, as such, will go over the head of most of your younger readers. Sorry but I don’t think either of the others does you justice. Body Politic must surely already be a political memoire while Blood Summit is perhaps a little too Andy McNab? Is there a German phrase for ‘back to the drawing board’?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Leigh Turner The Latest Thing
Fiction

“The Latest Thing”: Ms N and Tatiana return

“The Latest Thing” is the 12th “Hotel Story”. Ms N, the world’s most brilliant, unpredictable and occasionally homicidal hotelier, must fight off a team of experts sent from HQ to “improve” her hotel…

Read More
Fiction

John Savage in therapy: an interview

John Savage: ‘I won’t talk more about what happened that winter in Moscow. It’s between me, the Office and – I suppose the Russians know the whole story. Moscow was worse for Clare than it was for me. She suffered most. Obviously. She’s dead. I’m alive.’

Read More
Valide Han Istanbul
Palladium

Slow publishing: a case study

Slow publishing is not necessarily bad publishing. Let’s look at how a Russian banker’s murder in 1993 and the Gezi Park protests of 2013 led to publication of my international thriller “Palladium” in 2022.

Read More
Bosphorus sunset, istanbul
Novels

Will Elif Mutlu discover the mysterious “Palladium”?

As archaeology professor Elif Mutlu races against time to complete research at the site of Arzu Pasha’s smart new “Heart of Istanbul” mall, rumours swirl that Elif will discover the Palladium itself. An exclusive interview by Misty Anderson.

Read More