Padawan’s Journal Special Entry: What Comes BEFORE Page One? The Title!

By now you may know that the Star Wars novel Michael Reaves and I have been working on is due for release next fall.

When we first started working on the book last year, it had the rather generic title “Holostar” because, well, the main character that our hero Dash Rendar has to contend with is a holostar. She sings. She dances. She flies. She acts. She does it all. But Michael and I knew, fairly early on, that “Holostar” was unlikely to be the title the book went to print with.

As work on the book progressed and the plot evolved, Michael and I tossed a number of titles around based on the story elements. What are those? Well, I can now pass along the official synopsis as it appears on Suvudu.

Stranded on Tatooine with a broken-down hyperdrive, Dash Rendar and crew—his Nautolan copilot, Eaden Vrill, and a droid named Leebo—have to find a way to raise credits. It comes in the lovely form of Javul Charn, a multi-talented human holostar being stalked by an over-zealous fan. She needs bodyguards to protect her during her tour along the Corellian Run; Dash needs credits. It’s a perfect match… until things begin to go wrong—seriously and dangerously wrong. By the time Dash realizes that the threat to Javul is not what it seems, he’s in up to his neck in a conspiracy that goes much deeper than anything he would have signed up for. Even with the help of his hated rival—Han Solo—will Dash be able to protect this spoiled entertainer, all the while being reminded that he couldn’t protect his own family?

Okay. So, we have our star, Javul Charn, and a broken down star drive (just like in our music video “Wastin’ Away on Tatooine“), and Dash taking a job he doesn’t really want, and things going horribly wrong … like they do. And—oh, look!—here’s Han Solo.  (And if you don’t imagine it was fun writing him, you’ve got no imagination.) A beautiful woman, one catastrophe after another, a conspiracy, shadowing players on and off stage, Dash’s buried past.

Luscious.

No, that wasn’t a suggestion for a title. (Star Wars: Luscious … really) But we did toss a few into the air and watched them get shot down like little clay pigeons. That one had been used before; this one gave too much of the plot away. And so on and so forth. The upshot of this was that Del Rey and LucasBooks decided to try something they’d never done before. They’d take a handful of “finalists” for the title and let the readers decide which one ought to go on the book.

Yes, that’s right. In case you haven’t seen the write-up on our front page this week, YOU, Dear Reader can help name the novel temporarily called “Holostar.” LucasBooks and Del Rey are running a contest on Suvudu to Name That Novel. So, if you’d like, you can go there and vote now.

Oh, and I can tell you that there’s an Easter Egg in the book for those of you who’ve been following our music videos on YouTube. There’s a snippet of lyric in the book from one of our parodies. I may just run a contest of my own to challenge readers to find it.

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