God’s Banker–Title re-used
With the imminent release of another book having very nearly the same title, I’m now being asked why I am not upset. First, book titles cannot be copyrighted. Though God’s Banker, my action/adventure novel, adheres to all the regulations of US copyright law, and it carries all the protections afforded, the title is not. Second, there’s plenty of space out there for all the books. The best will rise to the surface, as God’s Banker, the novel, did when it hit #8 on Amazon’s suspense list. Indeed, I am not even the first to use this exact title. However, the others were all nonfiction books. Mine is pure fiction. I knew about the latest non-fiction book and that it would be released soon but didn’t think much about it.
Then, as I was getting ready for work and listening to the news programs, I happened upon an interview with this book’s author. Apparently his PR wonks negotiated a gig on a news program to promote the book. “Good for you,” I told the TV. But as I listened, I discovered that for a non-fiction book, this guy failed to interview the very people on whom he was conducting his expose and accusing of wrong-doing. Apparently he failed to step one foot in the Vatican Library where he might have proven all of his accusations. Been there; done that, I thought. The Vatican never allows laypeople into its private archives. Nor is Pope Francis–as approachable a guy as he seems to be–likely to grant an interview with this author. Afterall, would you invite someone into your home who says from the beginning that he’s going to use whatever he finds to drag your good name thru the mud? I wouldn’t. I knew all of this before I began the God’s Banker novel project. That’s why I chose to write a novel in the first place. Attempting a work of non-fiction knowing what we know about the Vatican’s intense privacy is a fool’s errand. But a novel–whose sole purpose is to entertain–and doesn’t drag anyone thru the mud except Cardinal David Caneman, the fictional villain who roundly deserves it–is something altogether different.
So this author is left with what all the others have hashed over for years about Vatican Bank–theory, conjecture, suspicions–but nothing to substantiate his accusations. It’s simply more of the same and much of which is already contained in my novel anyway. The author is begging readers to slog thru 752 pages of unproven conjecture and spend $32 for the privilege. In my humble opinion the same readers can be vastly more entertained by God’s Banker the novel and learn a little something about the Vatican Bank in the process from 346-pages of action, adventure and suspense that costs just $2.99 in the Kindle edition or $11.97 in paperback. As an author, I believe we owe it to our readers to add value whenever we can. I believe that God’s Banker, the novel, does that.
Enjoy the day,