Titling Your Book
Think about the last time you stood in a bookstore, scanning the spines of the volumes on the shelves. If a title jumped out at you, you porbably paused, and might have pulled the book out for a closer look. That's the power of a title.
Titles come in all shapes and sizes, and even wildly different ones can be effective. Let's take a look at this week's New York Times Bestseller List to see what they are:
Minimalist. These are one-word titles, which jump out at the reader. Some examples:
The Duo. Two-word titles are all over the list. Think John Grisham.
Alliteration. It can be appealing to start all the words with the same letter, but keep it short, or your title will sound like a tongue-twister.
Descriptive. These titles use more words, and tend to suggest something that piques your interest.
Phraseology. Other titles might be phrases pulled from the book, or from a poem or quote that is connected to the story. Or the title is an abstract phrase meant to capture your attention.
When you brainstorm your title, do a search for the ones you come up with. You may be surprised at how many books have been published with the same (or a similar) title. That doesn't mean you can't use it. If it was on the bestseller list, you'd probably want to choose something else, but for books that didn't sell well, a publisher might not mind.
And if you want to pit your title ideas against the New York Times Bestseller List from the last fifty years, you can do it for free.