“4 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Title for Your Book” by Karen Woodward. 13 May, 2013. Karen Woodward.
That’s what I’ve been doing for the past few days, researching how to create the perfect title. I’m kicking myself for not doing this while Chuck Wendig had his Titular Titles flash fiction challenge.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far. A great title is:
1. Easy To Remember
There are few things more frustrating than someone telling me the title of a book they think I’d love and then not being able to remember it at the bookstore!
Help readers out, make the title of your work memorable. Yes, I know, that’s easier said than done but there are a few simple tips.
Have you ever noticed that poetry is easier to memorize than prose? It has rhythm, meter.
Maryann Yin gives these titles as examples: When Crickets Cry and Wildflowers from Winter.
This isn’t always true, but I think it’s best to try and keep a title to four words or less.
For more tips on choosing a title: Karen Woodward: 4 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Title For Your Book