You know how men are attracted to a woman’s beauty, before they get to know her character? Well, your book title is the beauty in this case.
As your fairy literaturemother, I have brought you tips on how you can create a catchy and outstanding book title that will become captions for posts all over social media. Now, let’s begin *waves wand* ?
1. No Word Limit.
First of all, there is no word limit. Do not listen to anyone who tells you to should keep your title short. It’s not compulsory. Writing as an art, gives us the license to be as creative as our madness permits. If your title takes up the entire front cover, continue on the back. You’re welcome ?
2. Write First, Title Last
Some writers give a book its title before they start writing it. They do this in order to have what to work with. It doesn’t necessarily have to be done this way. It is advisable that you finish writing your book before you give it a title. This makes the whole title creation a fun process because you get to make a choice from a lot of available options.
3. Your Title Does Not Have To Highlight The Theme Of Your Book
No one even does this anymore. When we were younger, we read children’s book like “The Wicked Stepmother” and the title gave us the clue that it was about a woman who maltreats her stepchild.
You can apply this thematic title method if your book is a children’s book. Kids get excited by simple book titles. It also gives them what to look forward to.
If your book is meant for young adults, create a challenging, but compelling title. For instance, if your novel is an advanced version of “The Wicked Stepmother”, you could title it something like “Unjust Survival” or “Leaking Eyes” to signify the pain and suffering of the protagonist (stepchild).
4. Be Honest
Your book title should kidnap a reader’s attention; but in an attempt to achieve this, do not use a deceptive title. If I see a book titled “How To Twerk Like Rihanna“, I would be interested. If I buy it and discover that it’s actually about something else, I will be pissed and go after the author to collect my change. ?
So do not make your book title a clickbait or in the case of reading, a ‘flipbait’ ?
5. Asking For Suggestions
I don’t fancy the idea of asking people to suggest a title for your book. I mean, it is your book. If you could write a novel of 500 pages, coming up with a title of a few words shouldn’t be an issue.
Your title should reflect more than the content of your book; your book may be fictional, but your title should have a little bit of you in it.
6. Make a List, Then Choose One
One way to come up with the perfect title is by writing down as many as you can. Then based on your preference, cross them out one after the other until you have a favourite title left. You can also use an online book title generator and personalized the results to your taste.
7. Make It Unique!
Finally and most importantly, your book title should be as unique as it can be. There are many books out there that have been written by different authors, but they have the same title. This is quite inconvenient, especially to readers because if they are unaware of the author’s name, they may purchase the wrong book.
When we hear “Purple Hibiscus” or “Things Fall Apart”, we can identify what they are. This isn’t because of the individual author’s popularity, but because of the titles’ uniqueness; there aren’t any other books with these titles.
So when you are creating a book title, do so with the aim of making sure that it is unique and has a stamp of your identity on it.