Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Writing Wednesday | What’s in a book title?

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What’s in a name? Or a book title?

     I am OBSESSED with book titles. I love them. Nothing makes me happier than when reading a good book, its perfect title is worked seamlessly into the story. Don’t laugh at me, but when I am struck by inspiration for a book idea, I immediately start trying to come up with a book title! I’m sure this little quirk has a psychological classification.
     Rest safe, that I’m certain in the process of publishing that title designation is near of the list, but I do consider them critical to your novel. Some of my all time favorite titles? Pride & Prejudice, Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shiver, Sharp Objects. I could go on and on. But my point is that something about each and every one of those titles got me to pick that book up off the shelf. So in my opinion, book titles, and to a larger part, book covers, can be seventy five percent of your battle. You may have penned the next great American novel, but if no one is tempted to pick it up off the shelf, then no one will ever appreciate the hard work of the magic you have spun.
     So work hard to get your universe on paper, but work equally hard to give it the perfect nom de plume!

Do you agree? What’s your take on book titles?

Happy Writing!

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2 Responses to “Writing Wednesday | What’s in a book title?”

  1. Abria @ Read. Write. Discuss.

    I love double entendres in book titles. I did that with my first book, and thinking about it still makes me giggle. Because I’m a dork like that.

    Coming up with a title is usually the hardest part of the composition process for me. My working titles are usually pretty weird as a result.
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