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    I am writing down several book titles for my book. Unsure how to decide which is best. I want the title to explain the book contents but I want it to pop out and grab the reader.

    If you have a nack at picking titles for books or poems, can you explain to me what makes you choose a perticular title and how I can come up with creative titles that explain the book content? :floating:


    Last edited by LadyTrinity; August 23rd, 2005, 04:24 PM.


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    What kind of book is it?

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    • #3
      self help book about how to over come depression. I dont need people to come up creative book titles for my book. I just an curious how a writer would come up with an eye catchy, makes sense, goes along with the book content kind of title :bigblue:


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      • #4
        Originally posted by LadyTrinity
        self help book about how to over come depression. I dont need people to come up creative book titles for my book. I just an curious how a writer would come up with an eye catchy, makes sense, goes along with the book content kind of title :bigblue:
        It depends a lot on the tone you chose in your book. Say if you went spiritual, something along the lines of "guide to self healing" would make sense, but if you wrote some sort of shock therapy, "Quit Whining, get over it!" would be a more relevant choice.

        Pin down the right tone and a neat title will nearly pop-up by itself. It does for me at least.

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        • #5
          I get my ideas for titles from songs, not necessarily the title of the song mind you, but phrases used in songs. If the imagine/feeling invoked by song is simular to the content book, it might make a good title.

          "Go out and go after the things in life you love."-Hank Williams Jr


          "I've always been different with one foot over the line
          Winding up somewhere one step ahead or behind
          It ain't been so easy but I guess I shouldn't complain
          I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane"- Waylon Jennings

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          • #6
            Does it mean it should be short and straight to the point or as long as I want it to be and make it clear? :hairred:


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            • #7
              Originally posted by LadyTrinity
              Does it mean it should be short and straight to the point or as long as I want it to be and make it clear? :hairred:
              Well you can have both a short pithy main title as well a longer sub-title for a book.

              "Go out and go after the things in life you love."-Hank Williams Jr


              "I've always been different with one foot over the line
              Winding up somewhere one step ahead or behind
              It ain't been so easy but I guess I shouldn't complain
              I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane"- Waylon Jennings

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              • #8
                Picking titles for my books have been sometimes easy and other challenging. For me it really reflects both the mood, theme and audience.

                At first my book "Spellcraft for Teens" was teen be wicked LOL I am so glad I finally came up with a better one.

                Moonbeams & Shooting Stars came as a result of picturing the cover and wanting something celestal yet inspirational.

                Confessions of a Teenage Witch was unique because I never had another title idea. It just was the right fit.

                Best of luck

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LadyTrinity
                  self help book about how to over come depression. I dont need people to come up creative book titles for my book. I just an curious how a writer would come up with an eye catchy, makes sense, goes along with the book content kind of title :bigblue:
                  hmmm how about "Get up and get a life?" or "Hey loser! Get over yourself?" or "How to be thankful you're not a serf"?

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                  • #10
                    I ended up with ten short stories, so I called it 'Ten Dragon Tails.' It has a nice ring to it.
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                    • #11
                      Aaaack!

                      Originally posted by Karma Chameleon
                      Well you can have both a short pithy main title as well a longer sub-title for a book.
                      NO! No! Those are the bane of bookstore owners and wholesalers throughout the country. Seriously -- the 'short' title frequently isn't enough to identify the book when ordering, and the 'longer title' is too big to fit in most order forms...
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                      • #12
                        For me, I come up with what I thought was an amazing title worthy of publication...and then my editor said "uh, do you mind if we rename it?"

                        Most of my books I did end up with a catchy short title and then subtitle, but for getting the book off to the publisher, I learned just to give a topic-based title. Then again, my books were pretty hard-core nonfiction (tech manual guides, travelogues, etc.). I would think that a catchy title would be more crucial for what you're doing. Just keep a little notebook with you and write down phrases or words that seem to pop out at you in your day-to-day travels.

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                        • #13
                          It may not have been the smartest choice (after reading some of the posts here!) but I have a short punchy title, with a longer and more description sub-title for my business book.

                          Drawing the Three of Coins: How to Open and Run a Pagan Store.

                          All through the writing and editing process, it was labeled How to Open and Run a Pagan Store. Descriptive, but way too dull. I thought so and my publisher thought so. I was nearly finished the book, completely out of nowhere, the title popped into my head. It's referring to the Tarot card that refers to sucess in business. It may not be the best titling, but it has more character than my original.
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                          • #14
                            I didn't!! all the boks I'm writing are done with my co-author, and she thinks up all these titles!

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                            • #15
                              The title will come to you, sometimes you will go through several that sound pretty damn close to what you like, but then you find later, that you have the perfect title. Sometimes, it will just pop up instantly and you will be satisfied, depennds on the individual author and the individual book.
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