Helena Schrader's Historical Fiction

Understanding Ourselves by Understanding the Past.


My biographical novel of Balian d'Ibelin in three parts is complete, but the saga continues. Follow me to Cyprus, where Lusignans and Ibelins struggle to put down a rebellion and establish a durable state. Watch for excerpts and updates here.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Results of Last Week's Survey

Dear Followers,

Thanks for participating in last weeks' survey on a new title for Book III of the Leonidas Trilogy. Participation and feedback was high, and I especially appreciated hearing from some of you directly with your own suggestions.  In fact, one suggestion was so good that after consulting with my publisher, cover designer, editor and other professionals, I have selected it.  Everyone's input was important, however, because the results showed a clear preference for a sleek title.

The results were as follows:
  • 56% voted for Leonidas: A Spartan King
  • Equal numbers (18%) voted for Leonidas of Sparta: An Extraordinary King or Leonidas: Sparta's Quintessential King.
  • Only 8 % chose Leonidas: Sparta's Indomitable King
The selected title reflects the majority preference for a direct -- well, Laconic -- title. Clear text. The third book in the trilogy will be titled:

Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King.

The first draft cover has also been designed, so all is still on track with this book.  I'll resume the series on "Birth of a Book" next week with a post about commercial publishers.

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