At some point in the writing or editing of your story, you’ll need a title. Some writers need a good working title in place before the tale will click. Others might label the working files with the protagonist’s name and hope a title leaps out at them before they send queries or hit the publish button.
Some don’t care because they’ve heard the publisher always changes the title anyway. While it’s true they often do, a snappy title will catch their attention initially better than a humdrum title. And in this day of indie publishing, you’ll need to come up with a terrific title sooner or later anyway.
How to find a title:
When you’ve got a short list of potential titles, consider them against this checklist:
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Remember: a nonfiction title needs to to tell the reader exactly which problem the book will solve. Fiction is much more subjective and round-about. You’re attempting to project an emotion rather than a solution.
Think you have some good ideas for a title? Just for fun, enter your best one into the Lulu Title Scorer to see if it’s got what it takes to become a bestseller! You can even put two titles head-to-head and see which one wins.