What’s to a Title?

April 17, 2012

Not long ago, I posted a few of the best-selling books of all time. Did you notice anything unique about their titles? One must remember not to judge a book by its cover, but a title is important.

Titles are the first clue to your book. They are the first words the reader will see. Make them worth it.


It’s important for an author to create a title that captures attention and reflects their book in some way. A one-word wonder, like TWILIGHT or SHIVER, can deliver a powerful punch. On the other hand, longer titles can offer intrigue and reflect the mood of the book. For example, one might guess that ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, is not about a zombie serial killer. A title should provide insight to your book, while either playing on words or offering a catchy, marketable first impression.


Make a list of both one-word titles, three-word titles, and finally, a longer version for your book. Narrow the list to your top five and poll your friends. In the end, follow your instincts and name your baby well!


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