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What are your top 3 tips for coming up with book titles?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:31 pm
by Dreaming Imrryr
Hi everybody. :)

What are your top 3 tips for coming up with book titles that have heard of or came up with yourself?

Re: What are your top 3 tips for coming up with book titles?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:57 pm
by williamadams

Re: What are your top 3 tips for coming up with book titles?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:35 pm
by Oldtimer
I work the other way round. Titles come to me unbidden. Then I write stories around them.

Re: What are your top 3 tips for coming up with book titles?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:05 pm
by pls
I work just the opposite of Dorothy (except for the six-book "High School" series). I'm usually well into the writing of the novel before I "discover" the title of it.

Re: What are your top 3 tips for coming up with book titles?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:13 pm
by williamadams

Re: What are your top 3 tips for coming up with book titles?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:40 pm
by Dreaming Imrryr
Hi everybody. :)

Here are my top three book title tips, use these tips at your own risk, I am not responsible for the failure of your book if the following tips are used:

1.) The title should be genre appropriate, and/or be mysterious (mysterious titles aren't just for mystery novels), and/or be action oriented (action titles aren't just for action/adventure novels). Titles for middle grade audiences should be appealing to middle grade readers.

2.) The title should stand out from the cover. And the title and author name should be in different fonts and different colors to varying degrees of difference. Weird font effects should not be used if they make the font hard to look at.

3.) Older readers can appreciate a title designed for younger readers, but younger readers probably would'nt appreciate a title designed for older readers as much as the older readers. For example, older readers can appreciate the title Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but younger readers probably would'nt appreciate a title called The Stone as much as much as older readers can.



Action oriented title:
The Hunt for Red October

Genre appropriate title:
Starship Troopers

Mysterious title:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo