As an emerging writer, you need to put in as much effort and creativity into titling your novel as you would in writing the manuscript. This is especially important if you plan to sell it. Having a lackadaisical approach towards titling your novel could cost you. We've often heard "don't judge a book by it's cover" but the truth is most times, we judge a book by its title.
It's best to put your best foot forward. As an unknown author who is self-publishing, you want your novel to be easily identifiable by your audience. For this to happen, you have to make it stand out. After people pick up your novel, you have to ensure that your title is intriguing enough so that they are inclined to give your book a closer look and read it. Here are a few tips we hope you find helpful:
1) Research: First things first, you need information. It's possible that the title you have in mind is already in use by another author somewhere. To avoid taking away your originality, you may need to come up with a different title that is unique. So, Google it. Also, search on bestselling titles in your book's genre. This could give you fresh ideas that you hadn't thought of before.
2)Keep it short: If you make the title of your book unnecessarily long, it'll probably be difficult to remember. Try using simple descriptive words that'll "stick" in the mind of your readers.
3)Brainstorm: Make a list of different possible titles, put the list aside, and then, take a look at it again after a while. Maximize your choices. This could help get your creative juices flowing.
4)Ask for help: You may also consider asking the opinions of friends and family. Or you could ask your editor. This doesn't necessarily mean that their opinions would be correct. However , they may have suggestions that could ignite a wonderful idea that you previously hadn't considered.
5)Add some mystery: Make sure you don't give away the suspense or the ending on the book cover. Otherwise, it would be a spoiler.
6) Consistency: The title should be consistent with the plot and primary concept of the story. A title should be a good representation of the book. For instance, if yhe theme is romance, your title should indicate love. Also, if your novel is in series, have the same theme for all the books in the series.
7) Don't get stuck: It is not compulsory that you come up with a title before you start writing. In fact, in most cases, it is preferable that you complete your manuscript before looking for a title. Sometimes, you don't know how your story would turn out until you complete it. After you're done with the manuscript, you'll need to read through and see if the title you have in mind is still consistent with the story.
8) Be careful with made-up words: You could use made-up words, puns and double meanings in your story, but if you want to use them in your title, make sure they don't confuse your reader. Ensure your title is not hard to spell or pronounce. This could be a turn off for some people.
In conclusion, consider the essence of the book. Ask yourself, "what is the main purpose of this book"? And let it reflect in your title. Also, consider your characters especially the protagonist. If you ever get stuck, seek inspiration. You may not get it perfectly the first time but practice, they say, makes perfect. So, here they are guys. This list is in no way exhaustive. You can do more research. Dont forget to drop your comments, questions and reviews.
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Reference: Laura M.