Choosing a Book Title

If you’re like most of us, coming up with titles for your books is often a real challenge. Check out today’s interesting and informative post by Joan Hall on Story Empire. Lots to think about here! And as always, please consider passing this one along so others can enjoy it, too. Thanks, and thanks, Joan, for a super post! 🙂

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you’re enjoying the summer. Those in the Southern Hemisphere, well let’s just say I’m not a fan of winter. But let’s talk about writing, not the weather.

Choosing a title can be one of the hardest parts of writing a book. Yet it is one of the most important. A title should capture the reader’s attention and also encompass the essence of the story.

You want the name to be unique. Because titles are typically short, they don’t fall under copyright protection. (Some titles, such as The Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, are trademarked.) You could name your book Gone with the Wind or In Cold Blood, but it’s not something I would recommend.

The Girl on The Train was a best-selling thriller a few years ago. Around the…

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5 thoughts on “Choosing a Book Title

  1. The overlap of titles with other books I think is often overlooked. This article highlights that element when choosing a title which is incredibly helpful. It’s for that reason that I’ll sometimes turn to poetry for my titles. If a poem that I like has a similar vibe as my story, then I’ll often take a line from it to find my title.

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    • A great source of inspiration, for sure. Just be careful that you don’t take any lines from things that are still under copyright. You can use titles from books, poems, and songs, but my understanding is that it is illegal to use lyrics or actual direct quotes, unless it’s from something old enough that it’s no longer protected. I’m no expert, but that’s what I’ve found in doing a bit of research.

      Nice to have you drop by again! Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

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