What’s in a Name? A Request for Your Thoughts on Our Book Title

What’s in a Name? A Request for Your Thoughts on Our Book Title

As we’ve said before, we continue to be amazed by the response to our call for submissions for our next book, “My Other Ex.” We are reading through each one carefully, as well as the responses that we’ve received so far to our Friendship Breakup survey.


We want our book to be unique. Not just an anthology, it will include women’s stories from our surveys, interviews, and responses from our blog readers. We want to present women’s own experiences with friendship loss in their own words, but we also want to dig a little deeper and try to understand why this experience impacts women so significantly through every stage of life. What is it about women’s relationships that cause such intense emotions? Why do women’s friendships end so differently than men’s?

Here’s where we’d love your help. When we were planning our first book, “The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship,” we didn’t seek much outside input about the title, and we regret that a little. Right now we’re pleased with our book title, “My Other Ex.” But we’re not sure about our subtitle: “My Other Ex: Women’s Stories of Friendship Burnouts, Betrayals, and Breakups.” We’ve also been considering “My Other Ex: Women on Leaving and Losing Friendships.”

An intriguing and attention-grabbing title is so important for a book; it can make the difference between good sales and bad sales or between capturing the attention of an agent/editor rather than being relegated to the eternal “slush pile.”

Do you have any suggestions for us? Which title do you like better? We would absolutely welcome your own ideas!!!


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  1. Janna says:

    How about:

    1. My Other Ex: Stories About The Uncoupling of Female Friendship
    2. My Other Ex: Divorcing A Toxic Friend
    3. Separating From The Pack: stories of female friendships broken bonds

    As far as your title ideas – I like the first best. And I like my #1 and #2 best.

    Keep us posted!
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  2. I think this one is too long: “My Other Ex: Women’s Stories of Friendship Burnouts, Betrayals, and Breakups.”

    I don’t like “women on” in this title. “My Other Ex: Women on Leaving and Losing Friendships.”

    My Other Ex: Personal Stories of Friendship and Loss

      • Nina says:

        I agree that the first one is too long. And I agree with the issue with “on” in the second.

        Of course I don’t have a great idea to replace either. I do like “My Other Ex” though a sub-title would for sure be necessary to clarify.
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  3. Dana says:

    The first subtitle is too long. I agree with Christine – I’m not crazy about “women on” in the second one. I do like the “leaving and losing friendships” phrase. I wouldn’t say loss; that makes it sound like a friend died. Maybe “My Other Ex: Women’s Stories of Leaving and Losing Friendships.” That was Kathleen’s suggestion – I second that.
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  4. I agree with a few of the women above. I think the first title is too long, but I’m not crazy about “women on.” How about “My Other Ex: Women’s Stories of Losing and Leaving Friendships?”

  5. Nina says:

    I keep coming back to the word ‘broken.’ Because that’s part of what you’re getting at. Not only is a relationship broken in these instances, but part of our ‘self’ is broken and never quite recovers. That’s why many of us can recount details of these friendship breakups but have long forgotten about certain old boyfriends.

    Broken: ________________ (okay, now need a subtitle.)
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