My in-progress novel, which had been titled Matched from the moment I began writing it up until about 10:47 last night, has officially been re-titled to…Hitting for the Cycle.
It was not easy for me to change the title of this book, which has become nothing short of a labor of love. The story is deeply personal, and while the characters and storyline are straight out of the back recesses of my brain, the nature of the story itself is inspired by the journey my wife and I took to adopt our beautiful little girl, as well as the infertility struggles we faced.
I initially titled it Matched because I wanted a dual-purpose title. When an adoptive couple and a birthparent have made an official agreement to an adoption plan, the technical term is that they are “matched.” Rocket science, I know. At the same time, throughout the course of the novel, my main characters, Ryan & Megan, are tested beyond anything they ever imagined. Their marriage, their sanity, their relationships, their faith…everything about them is rocked and shaken like a well made martini. And I figured, a pair that goes through something like that together is quite a “match.”
So why the change?
Well, the simple answer is that there’s already a novel out there titled Matched which is doing fairly well for itself. I’m hearing rumors that it might even become a major motion picture soon. Every time I hash-tagged the title, it connected it with that book and all the other people who were also hash-tagging it. So that got old fast and I reluctantly realized a change was needed.
Hitting for the Cycle was settled upon for a couple reasons. My buddy, rising author Jonathan Ryan, suggested I have a baseball tie-in, as my main character is a die-hard fan and the game is featured in different ways throughout the novel. Additionally, the new title is a little less adoption-specific, which is important because as I’ve stated numerous times, this is not an “adoption book” per se, but an interesting story about a marriage and the meaning of family. And just like with my original title, this new one has a double meaning. If you can’t figure it out, I guess you’ll just have to wait for the final product!
Read the synopsis and excerpts from Hitting for the Cycle here