Please welcome CHRISTINE RAINS, author of 1301 - The Marquis!
Thank you so much for having me here today, Livia. This is the last day of my blog tour and it's been a fantastic week. I have a few more gray hairs, but I wear them with pride. Under a layer of dye. Autumn Cascade or Warm Cinnamon. The name of a hair dye will always grab me. This is what a writer needs to do when choosing a title for their book.
Naming your novel is sometimes very easy. The title jumps out at you and you crow with its brilliance. Other times, it's like trying to extract your own teeth. It's slow and painful, and it can show if you choose the wrong title. So, how do you pick an original and catchy name?
Remember to keep it short. Though there are exceptions to the rule, titles should be no more than four words. Preferably one or two. Find a focus word that is key to your story. It might be a character, a place, or an object. It could even be a concept, but be clear about how it represents your novel.
Know your genre. By looking at your cover, a reader should be able to tell which sort of story you've written. We're taught not to judge a book by its cover, but most people do it. If the title doesn't fit the genre, the reader who is looking for something else might be disappointed.
Avoid cliché, pretentious, and old-fashioned titles. You want something original and current. You might think you're being clever, but what you need is a name that sells your book and packs a punch. Try to avoid titles that have been used before. It's difficult with so many books out there, but you want something that stands out.
A lot of the time, titles elude me. I have to fight to find the right one for my stories. With the 13th Floor series, I knew right away that I would name each book for a tenant. They're short names and they relate to my genre. The Marquis is dark and intriguing. A true representation of what sort of story you'll find. The Alpha is a twist on a paranormal romance staple, because it refers to the female protagonist rather than a male.
A compelling title will draw readers in and make them want more. Sometimes it takes practice, but in the end, you'll increase the likelihood of your book standing out amongst tens of thousands of others. Good luck and happy reading!
Thank you Christine!
Thank you Christine!