...a full-out rumble over numbers in book titles. Turns out Head Ed and Exec Ed can both get pretty riled up over number-titles ("A thousand and one ASSHOLES you must ARGUE WITH before you DIE!"), but it all ended peacefully, and INTERN has swept up the spoils of the debate:
-for better or for worse, 1001 is hot right now. So hot. If someone checked the mail right now and found an ms called "1001 Penny-Pinching Tips to Survive the Recession", BAM, instant contract! (but the advance would only be for $1001. Tis penny-pinching times.)
-101, as a number of units, is no longer cool ("101 Dating Tips from Grandmothers"), but is still OK as a course-title gimmick ("Grandma-Dating 101).
-365 is OUT. So last year. Who honestly reads a tip a day, or a recipe a day, or whatever, from the same book? Besides, it's 2009 and this year we're living in the NOW. Not the other 364 days. The NOW.
-2012 is IN. For anyone who doesn't know, 2012 is when Quetzalcoatl himself is coming back. Yeah, that guy. That guy who's bringing the apocalypse. But you only have a few more months to get your 2012 submission in, because those slots are filling up fast.
-7 is kind of OK. (this one was fiercely hashed out, and INTERN is a little scared to convey anything besides neutrality here in case word ever leaks back to Exec Ed). Specifically, 7 is currently OK in fiction titles (it's the new 3), but is totally played for non-fiction.
Go forth and enumerate!
PS. Dang, everyone who commented is way too on the ball—C indeed. Thank god for the giardia club.