Unique, catchy and saleable—these are the important characteristics of a book title. But as easy as creating a title sounds, it’s not a piece of cake. There will be creative challenges along the way. And once you have a list of possible headings, you might get confused in choosing the most suitable one.
Titles play a vital role in attracting readers, and a catchy one will always give your book the boost it needs. Although it may be difficult for some of us to come up with a good title, it’ll be worth the effort in the end.
Here’s to get you started:
A significant part of the whole
Think about the main concept of your book and use that as your title. Think about the highlights of your story.
- What is your story about?
- When does it take place?
- Where does it take place?
- Who are the significant characters in your story?
A phrase from your book
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is a classic example. His title comes from a small part in his book which explains everything about the story. Augustus, a cancer patient who’s in remission, falls in love with another cancer patient, Hazel Grace Lancaster. In the book, he makes a statement about Shakespeare being wrong about letting Cassius note, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars. But in ourselves.”
Your author brand
One glimpse of your title and your readers will know it’s you. Here are some examples of authors with their unique titles:
- Three to Get Deadly
- The Dreadful Lemon Sky
- Sue Grafton and the Alphabet
- A is for Alibi
- B is for Burglar
- C is for Corpse
- D is for Deadbeat
Your book title is one of the first few things your readers will immediately notice. You can get their attention with your book cover, but your book title can get them to linger. Remember, when your readers set their eyes on your book for the first time, they will pass judgment. If they don’t find it appealing, they will cast your book aside.