Book 2 Has a Title! And a Release Date!

After months of sturm and drang, our long national nightmare is over–Book 2 has a title!

Prepare yourselves for the awesomeness that is…


Exciting, yes? I was iffy on using Doors as a title, but was then reminded of the past success of Holes and the more recent success of Room and so figured I was OK.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we actually spent a long time trying to find the title. I had taken to calling it Doors as sort of a shorthand and always figured I’d come up with something different later. But later came and I didn’t have anything. Anything I tried to add to it (like how we added “and the Playground of Doom” to Dr. Fell) came off sounding forced.

  • Doors and the Really Big Headache
  • Doors and the Kids Who Open Them
  • Doors and the Reason to Live
  • Doors and the Very Bouncy Castle

Nothing worked. I asked my readers, they came back with nothing. Except for one. Who came back with, “I kinda like ‘Doors’ for a title. Do you think that would work?” Excellent Editor passed the book around the department and asked for ideas. All she ever got back were suggestions to use ‘Doors’ for the title.

So there ya go. Doors. By David Neilsen.

AND I can now tell you when you will be able to find Doors in your neighborhood bookstore (they still have those, right?).

August 1, 2017

You thought the wait for August 9, 2016 and the launch of Dr. Fell was interminably long? Put that baby on your calendar. Amusingly, Doors was originally set to be released on August 8, 2017. One year after Dr. Fell. I guess they were thinking I’d come to rule that week each year.

“We can’t release your book that week! It’s David Neilsen’s week!”

But then I got an email from Excellent Editor.

“David. For various reasons, we’d like to change your release date. Instead of August 8, we’d like to release it on August 1. Is that OK?”

My first thought was, of course, to respond with:

“Oh, man. I can’t that week. So busy. Sorry.”

But decided not to push my luck. So 8/1/17 it is.

We’ve already hired an illustrator (a different illustrator from the one who worked on Dr. Fell), and she’s already given us a preliminary sketch of a cover design. Nothing I can share yet, but I’m getting all tingly.

Aren’t you?