Eight Points To Consider When You Name Your Book

Posted: 28th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft

I’ve never been particularly great with titles for my work. Either they come to me completely out of the blue and without context, or I have to work and work and revise and think and eventually, hopefully, come up with something. I seriously have a list of titles for books that have absolutely no context behind them, for the most part.

This list from Amanda Patterson over at Writer’s Write (click here for the full article) looks like it may help me out considerably when narrowing down what to call my latest triumph of literature.

  1. It should suit your genre.
  2. It must have something to do with the plot.
  3. It should be easy to remember.
  4. It should appeal to the reader on an emotional and an intellectual level.
  5. It should be easy to pronounce.
  6. Short names are better. As a rule, most book titles are three words. Most books do not have a title longer than five words.
  7. Visual titles work well.
  8. The title should also reveal a bit about the soul of your book.

She also lists some great examples, and some interesting sources for great book titles.

Authors, how do you come up with your titles?

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