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Have you ever been drawn to a book simply by its title? What you name your book is just as important as the content you fill it with. It is the first chance you have to attract a reader and give them an idea what your book is about. In a blog, written by Amanda Patterson, she offers 8 tips to consider when naming your book.
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 (3-5 words)
7. Visual titles work best
8. The title should also reveal a bit about the soul of the book
Look for successful books within your genre and find a common thread. Can you see your book fitting in among these? A reader should be able to tell just from the title alone, what genre your book falls under. The title should give the reader an idea of what they will be reading. What is your book about? If you could describe the plot of your book in five words or less, what would it be?
The title should be something simple, yet it should stand out. You want to be sure that the title of your book is distinct enough that it will be instantly recognizable, yet simple enough to stick in the mind of a reader so that they can recommend it to other readers. It should evoke powerful emotions or be so thought provoking that it intrigues the reader so much that they feel compelled to read the book.
You want to be sure to make the title easy to pronounce for your target audience. If you are writing a children’s book, you wouldn’t want to use a sophisticated phrase that would be beyond their comprehension. Keep it short, sweet and to the point. Offer readers a glimpse of the soul of your novel, giving just enough to attract their attention, but not so much that they don’t feel like they need to read the book.
We spend so much time writing the stories and painstakingly editing in an effort to get everything just right. All of that hard work is for naught if the same care is not taken when choosing a title. Think of naming your novel as naming your child, because in essence, that’s what our novels are to us.