Hillary Clinton Memoir Title Contest: The winners are . . .

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Former first lady, senator and secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, just announced on its Web site  that her memoir will be out June 10. The publisher calls it “A New Memoir.” Amazon’s Web site calls it “New Memoir.”

Our colleague Aaron Blake noted that most every presidential candidate these days pushes out books that lay out their vision for the country.

She still needs a title.  Titles are very important  for book sales. Despite the well-known admonition, veteran authors here tell us people do indeed judge a book by its cover and that a clever or interesting title, much like the headline on a story, can make all the difference. But, we can assure you, it’s really hard to come up with good titles.

That’s why, after Clinton said in a recent speech that she didn’t have a title yet — but noted several she liked from winners in the Loop ‘s “Name That Book” contest last year  — we re-launched the contest to give her more help.

And now,  here are the five winners in the latest contest:

1. “Dynasty: The Empire Strikes Back” — submitted by John Brandolino, a federal government employee from Arlington.

2. ” From Hair to Eternity” — submitted by Shira Modell, a Federal Trade Commission lawyer from Bethesda.

3. “Dr. Benghazi, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” — submitted by furniture maker Art Drauglis of the District.

4. “Sisterhood of the Traveling Campaign Pantsuit” — submitted by journalist Matt Neufeld of Greenbelt.

5. “Bill Was the Warm-up Act”  — submitted by high school teacher Stephanie Weldon of Silver Spring.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all for entering. And thanks to our colleagues, David Fahrenthold, Scott Wilson, Chris Cillizza and Matea Gold. And don’t forget to submit your suggestions for the Fix’s #nextsuperPAC  contest: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/04/name-that-outside-group/.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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