“FAT: A Life Unfiltered” has been available for just over two weeks now. Sales have been going well, especially considering that I’m a first-time author. But I must admit that I’m surprised there haven’t been more sales considering the level of “buzz” I heard prior to the book becoming available.
I’m also aware that talking about “weight” and especially being “overweight” is a delicate subject. Most of us have become culturally acclimated to discussions of weight being a taboo subject. And of course, sensitivity is needed because if you’ve read the book, you may recall that those of us who have battled weight most of our lives already battle low self-esteem.
I’ve heard from more than one person that the title of the book or perhaps even the book itself could be offensive. Someone asked my advice on how to give the book to someone they love who struggles with weight, and I must admit, I didn’t have an easy answer. Why?
Like most difficult subjects, how we approach a person is largely based on the level of safety and comfortableness in our relationship with them. If it’s someone we love and know very well, we likely have a sense of how they would respond to a book with the word “FAT” in the title. I can’t tell someone “say this, but don’t say that,” because every relationship is unique.
That being said, I also need to earn a living, and so I’ve been considering whether I should re-title and re-brand the book. This would not be an easy thing to do, for many reasons, but if the title is turning off buyers or causing fear of offense, it’s something I would seriously consider. While I continue to believe that reading the back cover should put to rest any feelings of offense for most people (there will always be some people who simply cannot be approached about the subject of weight), I’m worried about the book not making it into the hands of those who may need it the most.
So, this is my unofficial poll. What say you? Does the title turn you off? Are you afraid to give the book to someone you love because of the title? Do you have suggestions for a better title?
I’d love to hear your opinion. Please leave your comments below, or, if you’d rather communicate privately, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for responding.