Monday, January 14, 2013
Book Titles...How Do You choose One for Your Book?
Can a title influence a potential buyer/reader? I'd say, "Absolutely!" If the title sounds boring, confusing, or just plain stupid, why would anyone want to read your book? Would you buy a book titled, Sorry We are Open...as the sign above mentions. Does it make sense to you?
Does the word "SEX" have to be in the title to entice readers? No. I feel that implying a message/inviting a reader to enter your world of promising romance through a catchy title is so-o-o important.
Some authors don't have the luxury of choosing a title...a publisher does that. You may think, "Okay...the publisher knows how to sell books." So, you accept their choice of title for your book; and perhaps it's an uneasy feeling for you.
I've chosen all my titles. One was a compromise...I'd wanted something different but the publisher felt there were other books out with the same title so we settled on a compromised title. Funny...it's the same book whose cover I had no input on...and the one book that makes me cringe every single time I look at the cover. Did the book "sell"? Yes...but not as many copies as I'd hoped. Perhaps it was the cover; perhaps it was the title. Perhaps it was a combination of both.
I look at the title, cover, then blurb. If the title sounds weird (and it's not a Sci Fi/paranormal/fantasy book), I'll think twice before buying that particular book.
Case in point: I have known one special romance author for years and I have nothing but the highest praise for her as an author and friend. However, I couldn't get motivated enough to buy one of her books. Why? The title.
That strange title made me frown; who would name a book that? Not the author. She had no say in the title. Honestly? Someone actually thought "Pregnesia" would intrigue readers and sell books?
Then again, maybe it did do just that...interest enough readers to buy her book. I just couldn't get beyond the strange/weird/ridiculous title.
How about The Pregnant Virgin (is this about the Virgin Mary at Christmas?)? HUH? Does this title make sense...or capture you curiosity?
Most small publishers are more open to author title suggestions. And, self-publishing authors can do whatever they want.
But please...if you have input in naming your book, give it some quality thought. Name it with something to intrigue/entice readers.
Readers: what do you think about book titles? Do they help you choose a book?
Authors: can you voice your opinion about what your book should be titled? Are you happy with your titles?
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