Choosing a Book Title

Choosing a Title

So you’ve finished your work in progress. It’s time to take the next step towards publishing. But then you realize you hit a road block. Sometimes the hardest part of writing a book is coming up with a book title. Here are some tips:

  1. Brain Storm – Take ten minutes and write down everything that comes to mind without censoring it. Afterwards narrow it down to the ones you like. If none of them fit, take the ones you like the most and brainstorm off of those.
  2. Look at Similar Books – No matter what you write, there are bound to be books with similarities out there. Look through a list and see what themes jump out. Which books have really good reviews? The title probably isn’t the main reason, but it can give you a starting point.
  3. Look for Keywords – Go to a private browser for Amazon or Smashwords (so that you get fresh results) and start typing in words related to your story. What keywords come up? How can you work them into your title or subtitle to make your book easier to find?
  4. Make Your Title Stand Out – Find ways to make your title exciting and stand out. You want your title to be memorable so that people can more easily pass it on. Don’t go too complicated.
  5. Enlist Others – Float your ideas to other readers to get their opinion or ask for suggestions. Other readers will have ideas as to what will attract them to your book. Always take suggestions with a grain of salt, but it can be a starting point.

Deciding on a title can be harder than you think, but your title is out there if you just keep looking. What other suggestions can you make for finding the perfect title for your new story? Leave a comment or reach me on Twitter @alexisafurr. Thanks!

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