So I wrote a story about an erotic model and titled it Eye Candy. Now it's stuck in draft and I fear it will be rejected for the title. It turns out that Eye Candy is actually a real modeling agency! Why didn't I look this up before chosing that title? Has anyone else ever done something this stupid? I feel like such an idiot right now...
Thanks. I am already thinking about having to do something like that. I don't know why else it would be in draft for so long. I started to panic and then looked up the title to see if that was the problem. That's when I found the model agency. Oh well, hinde sight... I just feel like such a dumb ass.
Thanks Patrick. I'm not sure if the name is trademarked and I'm not opposed to changing it if I need to. I should have checked first. It's just the waiting and the feeling of stupidity that I'm kicking myself over. Gives new meaning to "live and learn".
Brian, thanks for your words of encouragement! I am a firm believer in learning from my mistakes and believe me I will not make this one again.
Partick, thanks for the link. I did a search and can't find a trademark for the title so I'm crossing my fingers that when Amazon decides to release the book from draft, I'll be good to go.
Thanks everyone for your encouragement! I know that mistakes are how we learn and grow but every once in a while my old self slips in and thinks it's the end of the world when I flub up. I couldn't afford mistakes growing up, they cost too much, and it has taken years of reprograming to get my head on straight, lol. Thanks again for all of your help!
Keep the title and don't worry. It is a modeling agency, too? Not another book? No biggie Eye candy is a common reference, so share it. I wrote a story when I was 16 called BeSwitched. I worked on self-pubbing it when I was 23. Someone from a major publisher came out with a book with the same title soon after. Oh well I re-released BeSwitched with a new cover and did the e-book thing and guess who re-released their book? Yep, the author of the other "Beswitched." I figured, their marketing would help my marketing... hehehe. Now I have a whole BeSwitched series and wouldn't trade the titles ever.
If you Google "Eye Candy" several things come up, including the modeling agency. I'm assuming that it was because of the similarities that the book got held up. As I stated above, all I had to do was verify my rights to publish. The noids are angry, but I can go on with my life. (I won't be strapped to a witness stand, forced to look at erotic photos until my eyes bleed, and have to write 10 million times, "I will not publish before researching my title!" As you can see, I have a very active imagination.)