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I recently bought Deirdre Savoy’s Body of Lies from Amazon, due to a great review over on Angela’s (Black Romance Reader) blog.

What pissed me off though, is that when I put the title in the search bar, I had to scroll down quite a long way, before I found Body of Lies.

These are some of the titles that were listed before Savoy’s book on Amazon UK:

Body of Lies by David Ignatius
Your Body Doesn’t Lie By John Diamond
The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Cruel Parenting, byAlice Miller and Andrew Jenkins

Once I’d spotted Savoy’s book, it came up slightly higher in my searches, but it still wasn’t in the number one spot.

I then decided to to the same searches on Amazon.com, here were some of the books that came before Body of Lies:

House of Lies, By David Ignatius
Body of Lies By David Ignatius
Body of Lies By Iris Johansen
Your Body Doesn’t Lie, by John Diamond
Your Body Doesn’t Lie By Michio Kushy
Secertes, Lies, Betrayals, The Body/Mind Connection By Maggie Scarf
My Body Lies Over The Ocean, By J.S. Borthwick

Savoy’s book was actually last on the Amazon page, even though I’d put in the exact name of her book.

Anyway, the moral of this post? Try not land your book with a title that guarantees that it will get lost amongst other book titles. Steven King can use as many crappy titles as he likes and his books will always be at the top, but if you’re an author languishing in mid-list mediocrity, then the title of your book is very important methinks.

I know that authors don’t always have a choice in these things, but the same applies to whoever makes the ultimate decision whether it be editor or author.