Tips on naming your book before publishing
Naming a book can prove to be a daunting task at times, regardless of whether one is an experienced writer or publisher. Recently, we had to make a change in one of the books we are publishing when it came to the title; the author needed a less alliterative one and we had to put our minds together in coming up with something different that held the same weight as the previous one.
Alliteration, as we know, occurs when a word or sound appears closely at the beginning of words that are closely put together. It is also a literary technique that authors can use in book titles, others which are used include: making the title action paced, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; ominous, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson; descriptive, Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson and so on.
For anyone experiencing difficulty finding a title for their book, here are a few pointers.
Tip 1: Start with thinking around the theme of the book. What are you talking about in your manuscript? Is it a book on animals, the environment, business, money, lifestyle and so on? Once you have this figured out you shall be able to dig deeper into finding the theme. For example, if it is money, are you letting your reader know how to save, budget, spend wisely? On animals, is it about protecting endangered species or freeing captive animals? Most of the time, you already know what the message will be as you write, that is already a step in narrowing down the title.
Tip 2: Look into the setting of the book. For example, is it around emerald waters, a frozen lake, the peak of a mountain, in a busy town, barracks, in an office, a coffee shop and so on. For the peak of the mountain, the title would use words such as “cliff”, “terrain”, “climb”.
Tip 3: What is the main character’s goal or, what is your goal as you write the book? When your book sits on a bookshelf or on a website or social media, can a potential customer see the intention just by looking at the cover title?
Tip 4: Write everything down. Note down all the titles you are thinking about as you play around with your creativity. After doing this, perhaps for a couple of weeks, you can then pick out the top ten, then the top five after a while and go over them to determine which suits your book best.
Tip 5: You can use emotional trigger words, these type of words are also known as power words and they carry a lot of weight with them. They can help evoke emotion to a potential buyer who can make a purchase of the book. At the same time, they will be great when it comes to marketing your read to the audience.
You can also consider how to set your book apart from others, why is your book original? This can help to incorporate ideas for the book title and come up with an amazing one.
Oh, we did manage to settle on a title that both sides approved on, yay!