I want to thank everyone–over a hundred of you–who submitted suggested titles for my next book. As I noted in this week’s Tuesday Trivia mailing, my editor and I both laughed long and hard over many of the suggestions. After much agonized, Sophie’s Choice-like dithering and debate, we’ve narrowed the field down to these five finalists. (I’ll run a more complete list of entries next week, so you can enjoy them as much as I did.) Your vote, my friends, will decide what the book is called when it hits stores this coming winter.
To recap: this is a trivia/pop reference book with a parenting angle. It will present over 100 commonly spouted parental warnings and other cliches: don’t swim right after eating, drink your eight glasses of water a day, wear a scarf or you’ll catch your death, don’t swallow your gum, and so on. Each one will be fact-checked by me using the best research and evidence available, and judged to be either true or false. Many of these mom-and-dad standbys get passed down from generation to generation unexamined, but with this book, you finally get the unvarnished truth.
Several of the finalists were submitted by more than one entrant, so if you were chronologically the first to submit our winning entry, I’ll notify you via email. Our five finalists are…(drum roll)…
- Because I Said So!
- Don’t Sit So Close to the TV!
- Mama Said
- Mark My Words
- Your Mother Should Know
Do you have a favorite? Note than in all cases, the chosen title will be explicated by a straightforward subtitle: “Taking On the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Their Kids” or “The Truth About Your Parents’ Direst Warnings” or something along those lines.
Voting will close Wednesday, March 28 at noon Pacific. Here’s the poll, go get ‘em.
What should Ken's next book be called?
- Because I Said So! (62%, 683 Votes)
- Don't Sit So Close to the TV (19%, 207 Votes)
- Mark My Words (9%, 103 Votes)
- Your Mother Should Know (7%, 73 Votes)
- Mama Said (3%, 31 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,096