What’s in a Book Title

Let’s talk about book titles. Have you ever encountered a book title that made you want to read instantly? I sure have. Sometimes I feel insignificant; how can I ever come up with something that good? Let’s find out why they are so awesome.

Book titles and book covers

Why does a proper book title matter?

Having a book title that potential readers can identify as something they want to buy helps tremendously. Yes, I said tremendously. Not just an adverb, it’s starting to become an annoying word in general and I hope we’ll remember annoying words longer.

Imagine you are browsing for a book around a certain time period or subject matter. If the cover doesn’t say exactly what you want, your next clue is the title. Or visa versa. The back cover copy is there to back up your assumption.

What does a book title need to do?

Well, it is slightly different per genre. Not every book can satisfy all the requirements, but we can sure try. Writing groups tell me these are important:

  • Indicate genre
  • Indicate what the book is about
  • In the case of historical fiction: Indicate a time period

How can one accomplish this?

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