Monday, February 25, 2019

Choosing A Title For Your Book - It Is Not As Easy As It Sounds

I just finished co-writing a book with a friend of mine. I was very relieved when they came up with the title because that is one area of writing that is a bit difficult for me. Then there is the little after-thought of Googling said title to see if anyone else has used it - or something a bit too close to it for comfort! The thing that appeals to me as a self-published author is that the title will be what I want it to be - there is no publisher there changing it (whether I want it changed or not!).

What are some things that we can do to come up with the best possible title?
  • Google any titles under consideration to see if they are already in use.
  • Make sure that your title is representative of your book.
  • Make sure that your title is clear.
  • Make sure that your title is aimed at your prospective audience. Hardcore adventure people really do not read cozy mysteries! 
  • Take a look at the titles of books that you have really enjoyed, and see how and why they work for that book.
  • Do the simple things - match your title to your genre.
  • Sneak a "hook" of some kind into your title that will draw prospective readers attention.
  • Ask for feedback! List possible titles on your social media accounts, and ask for opinions. Believe me - everyone has an opinion!
  • Be sure that your title is short, catchy, and easy to remember.
Happy writing!

(c) February 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the author.

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