I'm wondering if it's important to have a super great title for my manuscript when I submit it to the slush pile. Should I spend a great deal of time and energy to get it just right, or do the majority of titles get changed along the way anyway?Great title:
Ooo, that's catchy. Maybe the editor will take a little peek right now, instead of days or weeks from now.
Manuscript gets in line. No special treatment.
Without realizing it, the editor keeps sifting manuscript to the bottom of the pile. Months go by. Eventually, editor reads it and maybe realizes it's great! It just needs a new title. No problem.
Horrifying title: No answer because the editor didn't want to touch the manuscript long enough to reject it.
If you can come up with a super title, then do-- it can encourage prompt responses.
But do not overthink this, and if you aren't good at recognizing the difference between an awkwardly overwrought title and something that sparks reader interest (and many writers are not!), go ahead and give your MS a blah, vanilla-flavored title that can be easily changed and that at least won't hurt it during submission.