Yesterday, I thought I had finally chosen a great title for one of my novels. Then, I did some research, reading the advice that google sent my way. Now, I’m not so sure that the title that I had chosen is right.
Here are some pieces of advice, in no particular order, that I found most helpful today:
- Make a list of five different options, and see which one stands out. Ask the people who have read your book for their opinions about your list.
- Let your title have more than one meaning. The meaning might take on new layers after the book is read. Or, the title’s meaning could even change several times during a read through of your book. (I love this idea, but it seems like a difficult feat to accomplish)
- Keep it simple enough that people can say it and remember it, but don’t let it be too generic, commonplace, or boring. (Because asking for the world just isn’t enough)
- If you’re using proper nouns, people or places (like I wanted to), make sure that they are easily pronounceable.
- Don’t get too unique, and overwhelm readers with a long title that they won’t remember correctly.
Here is a link to a very comprehensive page about naming books that I didn’t even bother to include in the above summary because its so good that it deserves to be read in its entirety: http://www.indiebooklauncher.com/resources-diy/how-to-pick-a-title-for-your-book.php
I’ll probably write more on this subject later. I recommend using specific searches like “naming your fantasy novel” though. A lot of the first few pages that I scanned through included tips for authors of non-fiction, which was completely irrelevant to me.