I’m sorry, Mr. Ferrell, but there’s another child with the same name as your son, and since he was here first…

My agent recently contacted me about a title issue with my book. She’s going to start submitting soon, and while discussing my book with another agent in her office discovered that he had a book with the same title: “Numb.” Now the question is, do I retitle my book or not. Do we go out to publishers who’ve already seen the other “Numb” and hope they don’t confuse them, or do I change my title for a fresh start.
No decision has been made. I do feel like I’ve been told that I have to change MY name, and while I know that a publisher can change a title for any reason they see fit, it’s still a complicated sensation.
I turned to my brother for help, in an instant messenger conversation, and here’s what we came up with:
Sean: Being Numb
Sean: like Being John Malkovich
Little Brother: I like that
Little Brother: Being Numb is a good one
Sean: Numb Strikes Back
Sean: The Return of Numb
Sean: CLose Encounters of the Numb Kind
Little Brother: The Numb Files
Sean: Too Close for Numb
Sean: My Three Numbs
Little Brother: Absolutely Numb
Little Brother: The Numb Show
Sean: Numb Development
Sean: Numb’s Company
Little Brother: Numbnation
Little Brother: The Numbs of Hazzard
Sean: The Numb Hillbillies
Sean: The Numb-Team
Little Brother: The Numb Zone
Little Brother: 21 Numb Street
Sean: Children of a Lesser Numb
Little Brother: Numbs Playhouse
Little Brother: G.I. Numb
Sean: The Numb and Bullwinkle Show
Little Brother: Ren & Numb
Sean: Numb Strokes
Little Brother: Father Knows Numb
Sean: Numb and the Bandit
Little Brother: Numb Knows Best
Sean: Any Which Way but Numb
Little Brother: Leave it to numb
Little Brother: The Numb Bunch
Sean: GoldenNumb
Sean: Doctor Numb
Sean: For Numb Eyes Only
Sean: You only Numb Twice
Sean: Thundernumb
Little Brother: I can’t believe how long this has gone on
Sean: Numbball
Sean: lol
Sean: I got another hour in me, easy

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