This is how to write a book title that’s memorable. Because people DO judge a book by its cover. And the first thing they notice? The book title.
I can’t deny that a cool book title is super appealing to me and I’m sure there are plenty of books I’ve picked up and put down that I would have loved reading – if only I was more drawn to the title. The truth is, a book title matter.
Having a shitty book title can ruin your chance of sales by a LOT. And having a title that doesn’t make sense with the story can bring in the wrong audience and they won’t enjoy your book as much (hello, bad reviews).
Therefore, you need to pick the perfect title for your book.
I had a really tough time picking a title for my book. I had one idea for a long time but when I made changes to the plot, that title was garbage. It didn’t work anymore. In order to find a new title I loved, I took some advice from this lady and also implemented these things.
1. Write down single words that can explain your story.
I have a notebook somewhere filled with a bunch of different words that relate to my story. Since it’s a fantasy adventure that follows a 19-year-old who just found out she’s a special kind of druid on a journey to find her missing brother, I scribbled down tons of words like:
Missing, Lost, Searching, Last, Journey, Savior, Guardian, Defender, Finding, Descendent and more (I can’t find the notebook at the moment).
Doing this can give you core words to work with. Knowing that main point of your book can help you pinpoint a name for it. If you don’t know your book very well, you’ll have a hard time. That’s why it took me so long. I didn’t know my plot well enough to find a good name that fit.
2. Take those words and combine some.
Now that you have all of those words laid out, try combining different ones together to see if you have a few that work well together.
For example, I put titles together like:
Finding the Lost, Savior of Guardians, The Last Saviors, Journey for the Missing, Savior Descendants, and a LOT more variations. None of those ended up sticking. But there is a variation of those words that I did end up using.
3. Do your research.
After you picked a title that you really like, you’ll want to research it thoroughly. You don’t want your book being published under the same title of an already successful book.
You want it to be unique. In order to title your book, you should pick one that isn’t like other out there. Sure, it can be similar to other books, but you never want it to be exactly the same. Naming your book “The Sorcerer’s Stone” won’t bode well for you.
4. See what has worked best for your genre.
Different genre’s do better with different types of titles. So in order to title your book so it speaks the loudest to your intended audience, look up your genre and see what type of titles the more popular books have.
Obviously, you should make sure you’re not just “going with the flow”, but having a general direction to go in may help you choose a title.
5. Would you pick it up to read it?
Look at your title and ask yourself, would you pick it up to read it? Does the title sound like something you’d find interesting?
Because it should. Now, try to look at it from an outside view because we know you wrote it. You know what it’s about, so a title may not make a difference.
But think about if you had no idea what it was about. Would you pick it up and turn it over to read the synopsis?
In order to title a book the best way, you have to think about a number of different things all at once. Sometimes the perfect book title just comes to you, and other times it takes planning, research, and strategizing.