I openly admit that I hate titling my writing. I can write a hundred thousand words, but titles are downright evil. They might say not to judge a book by its cover, but there’s no similar absolution for titles. A bad title can kill a novel, or so they say.
Yesterday I watched the “Picking a Best Selling Novel Title” portion of my online course. Here are some tidbits of wisdom I learned:
- Carry a notebook EVERYWHERE so if you happen upon a good title you can write it down.
Clearly the title faeries have noted my lack of notebook and deigned not to visit.
- Brainstorm ideas for a while and ask your friends for ideas if you can’t think of anything.
I should be more obsessive and obviously I should harass my friends more.
- Look at the top best-selling books on Amazon. There’s a science to titles. Don’t use the same titles, but try to see what makes a good one.
Uhm, aren’t you supposed to be telling me how to do that? It appears that if there’s a science, you don’t know it, so that makes two of us.
- Check out Lulu Title Scorer. Note that most of the best-selling books rank high on this app.
Okay, I’ll play:
I went to Amazon and searched the “best books of the month”. I skipped Steven King and Niel Gaiman as their sales likely derive from name power as from their titles. I hadn’t heard of the third, so I put it in.
Then I put in the working titles of two of my novels:
I guess the take home message is that the minds of the masses are beyond mere apps, or me, and quite possibly the dude teaching the course.