If you’re writing a book or thinking of writing one, consider that the title of that book is extremely important. Good titles sell books, just like attractive book covers do. A good title will grab the readers’ attention so they’ll buy it or check it out at the library. Your book may be a great one, but it won’t get discovered as easily if the title is ho-hum.
Through the decades, I’ve seen some really great titles on bookstore shelves. If your writing a book, investigate the titles of similar books, and strive to do better with your title. Remember, too, that a title must be understandable, particularly with non-fiction. If one doesn’t understand a non-fiction title, one may not always investigate the book’s back cover that tells what it’s about.
Make your title engaging. If it’s non-fiction, you can include a sub-title to clarify the title. With non-fiction, often a title that is effective includes an action-packed verb. Or, an effective title is one that piques your curiosity with its cleverness, while at the same time being comprehensible.
I’ve listed some books below with good titles, some of which I’ve read, others that I intend to read once I have some time:
1) The Unabashed Self-Promoter’s Guide by Dr. Jeffrey Lant
2) From Victim to Victor: A Step-by-Step Guide for Ending the Nightmare of Identity Theft, By Mari J. Frank, Esq.
3) Live Your Road Trip Dream, by Phil and Carol White.
4) Time Outs for Grown-ups: 5-Minute Smile Breaks, by Sheila Buska.
5) Too Smart To Be Rich: On Being A Yuffie* Young Urban Failure, by Patty Friedmann
6) Winning the Pain Game, by Bill Code, M.D.
7) The Absolute Beginner’s Cookbook Or How Long Do I Cook a 3-Minute Egg?, by Jackie Eddy and Eleanor Clark
8) Body Esteem: Weight Loss Through Self-Discovery, by Sherri Dawson
1) Disposable Girl, by Kate Moulton
2) Wearing the Spider, by Susan E. Schaab
3) The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
4) Rage of Angels, by Sidney Sheldon
5) The Devil’s Alternative, by Frederick Forsyth
6) Looking for Mr. Goodbar, by Judith Rossner
7) The Street Life Series: Is It Suicide or Murder?, by Kevin M. Weeks
1) Sad Sam, Glad Sam, by L.E. Rainey
2) I Can Be Anything Creative Activity Book, by Betsy Chasse and Gary Craig
3) Hunting for Hidden Gold, by Franklin Dixon
4) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff
5) The Littlest Angel, by Charles Tazewell
6) The Tale of Jemina Puddle-Duck, by Beatrix Potter
7) The Silver Slippers, by Elizabeth Koda-Callan
It’s always helpful to brainstorm for titles, and then try them out on friends or fellow writers. Their first reaction may be telling!
Copyright 2012 by Charlotte Digregorio.