What’s In A Book Title?

In A Glance…What Draws People To A Book?

Well, I would say going on my own personal experience….

  • The book title
  • The cover design
  • The blurb on the cover or on the inside flap.

The title is what people see first. It’s what they remember when they go home to look the book up. It’s what they say when they recommend the book to others. It’s the most important marketing decision that a writer can make because, while a good title can’t make a book popular, it can certainly keep a book from getting sold. 


So if a book title is so important, what is the best way to choose the right title for your book? This will take some brainstorming as you want to catch the essence of your book and encapsulate it in a few words to define your book, draw attention to your book, make it memorable and as unique to the book as you can.

So if you have just written a book and you are agonizing over a title get some paper and a pen/pencil to jot down your ideas.

‘Ask yourself what your book is truly about, and give an answer in three or four words. Use lines of poetry. Use song lyrics. Use quotes from your own book. Look up title generators and, while you may not use the exact title, you can find inspiration by combining different words and such. Here’s a list of the best title generators, and they are organized by genre. Ask your friends and family for ideas. Use every resource available to you.’https://thejohnfox.com/2016/07/how-to-create-good-book-titles/

  • Now choose your five favourite titles.
  • Google them to see if they have already been used a multiple of times. If so, try using a different word or changing it around.
  • Decide if you’re going to use a subtitle.

Here are some tips for picking the right subtitle:

  • Test your title: Ask family and friends, ask in Facebook Groups, run an online survey, run a competition amongst your readers.

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