Please Help Me Decide - An IWSG Post

Normally, I would complain that it’s the beginning of October. The temperature is falling and that usually makes me pretty unhappy. Since things have been really good in my corner of the world, I’ll refrain from mentioning how much I hate the cold because cold weather sucks. Oops. My bad.

My new migraine preventative, Aimovig, still rocks. While I still get migraines, they aren’t as often or as severe and that freakin’ kicks ass. I’m so grateful. My grandbaby is standing now and I’m fairly certain I’m more excited to see her do her little squats than I was watching my own kids. Probably because I was so exhausted when mine were her age. Grandkids are the best.

My book is right on (my self-imposed) schedule. Frankly, I’m shocked. All that’s left to do is read through it one more time, finish the cover, the book description, and the blurb on the back. I set it aside last week so I can give myself a “break” from it for two weeks, and then I’ll have semi-fresh eyes to read it again.

The only thing I’m truly struggling with is the subtitle. This is where I ask for your honest opinion. Just like my last book, this one is written for a specific audience in mind, those in a relationship with someone struggling with pornography and/or sex addiction. Although, in all honesty, it could probably be read by anyone in a relationship with someone struggling with any kind of addiction. I digress.

The primary focus of the book is healthy communication. Obviously, I want it to stand out among the dozens of other people out there who have written about pornography and/or sex addiction, but I don’t want the subtitle to be fifty words long either. Here’s what I have so far:

Title: Steps Along Our Shore

Subtitle: How We Learned to Communicate After The Disclosure Of My Husband's Pornography/Sex Addiction

It’s the same length as my first book’s subtitle, but it seems like it’s a mouthful. What do you think will catch the reader’s attention among the “professionals”?

I also have some ideas for my cover. I have a personal picture of the beach that I may use:

 This is my personal picture. It looks okay when I have the title in place but it’s kinda blah.

This is my personal picture. It looks okay when I have the title in place but it’s kinda blah.

Or one of these from iStock:

 This is my favorite from iStock and reminds me of my first book. I love the couple walking hand in hand.

This is my favorite from iStock and reminds me of my first book. I love the couple walking hand in hand.

 This is my second favorite from iStock but I’m concerned the woman’s shorts may be too short and I don’t want to trigger any readers.

This is my second favorite from iStock but I’m concerned the woman’s shorts may be too short and I don’t want to trigger any readers.

Thoughts?

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Are you close to finishing up any projects? Happy to be a grandparent? Have trouble finding the right subtitle? Are you meeting your deadlines (self-imposed or not?)

 This is a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Its purpose is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! A big thank you to Alex Cavanaugh for making all of this possible. You rock!

Please be sure and stop by and visit our co-hosts for this month: Dolorah @ Book Lover,Christopher D. Votey, Tanya Miranda, and Chemist Ken.