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Five ways to come up with the best title for your book

A book’s title can either make or break an author’s brand. It is the foremost marketing tool that should invite readers to grab your book. Or give it a cold shoulder.

Coming up with a catchy title for your work seems to be an easy job on the surface. However, the reality is that this is a crucial stage in the process of writing a book. Here are some ideas to help you make the best title for your work:

Keep it simple

The usual flaw of some books when it comes to title is the use of complicated phrases that can make readers lose their interest in it. The rule of thumb is to always keep the title as simple as it can be. This makes it easier for readers to remember the book and talk about it conveniently with friends whom they would like to share their reaction.

Make use of your character’s name

Many best-selling authors typically use the name of their books’ main character, or a variation thereof, for their title (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte). This gives the book some form of embodiment, as if it were a person. It’s a proven strategy to capture the reader’s attention and keep their interest in a work of fiction or nonfiction.

Include poetic verses

Poetic verses are also a nice way of coming up with a book title. It involves a lot of testing, of course. Experiment with a variety of poetic concepts such as alliteration (The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien) or description (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson). You can never go wrong with this method.

Use the book’s settings

Consider the place where the setting of your book takes place. The where and when your book can make for a great title as well (Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez).

Spark curiosity

A book title ought to pique the readers’ curiosity. Therefore, choose one that sparks questions and throws your readers into a wild trip of exploration. Make them plunge into your book by coming up with an intriguing title.

Jay Hogarth

Jay Hogarth is ARPress' resident content manager, responsible for all public-facing information posted on this blog and on the main site.

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