A BOOK OF JEAN SHEPHERD KID STORIES
Will this book ever be published with ink on paper? Will it be an electronic artifact on this blog? Of course, should one care to, one could create a word processing document and copy/paste into it each kid-story blog-post. Then one could have it and read it all together on a computer, or even on a tablet. One could print it all out and put it in a loose leaf binder. But. Official paper publication would be sooooooo nice!
Considering print publication in the near future, there should be an answer very soon. What to name the book and why? The title should be: accurate; descriptive; catch the attention of Shep fans; capture the attention of non-Shep fans.
JEAN SHEPHERD’S KID STORIES
This seems obvious, but there might be the implication that it includes all–or at least many–of well-known stories already published. It doesn’t–not permitted by copyright owner.
KIDS: JEAN SHEPHERD STORIES
Seems good, but doesn’t have sufficient zing–falls flat somehow.
SHEP’S KID STORIES: I WAS THIS KID, SEE
This seems obvious, but there might be the implication that it includes all–or at least many–of well-known stories already published. It doesn’t. (See above.)
Title I devised a while back
Photo credit: Steve Glazer and Bill Ek.
I WAS THIS KID, SEE: JEAN SHEPHERD KID STORIES
I like this best so far. This title, beginning with the phrase Shep so often used to begin one of his stories about kids, should be a no-brainer. Gives the familiar and intriguing Shep saying, gets Shep’s name and says what it contains. We’ll see what happens.
I wonder how many in-print copies it might sell.
In a year.
In forty years.
In as many years as Shep’s work remains recognized and enjoyed.