Here are a few great tips about choosing titles from author Bethany Roberts, who can be found at Bethany Roberts.com.
- Keep your titles short and snappy. I have learned this one the hard way! People seem to have great difficulty remembering my longer titles, but no problem remembering the shorter ones. A good general rule is to keep your titles from one to three words, no more than five.
- Catchy sounds - In creating your titles, try playing with poetic devises like alliteration and rhyme. Of my own book titles, I think my favorite is MONSTER MANNERS because the alliteration makes it fun to say.
- Use verbs - Another way to make a title lively is to use an active verb in it. I did that with FOLLOW ME!
- Reflect the theme - a good title, however short and catchy, gives us a hint of what the story is about.
- Hook your reader - The title is your first chance to grab the attention of a reader- or of an editor.
- Has your title been used? Check with Books in Print (at your library), or do a search on Amazon.com
Fortunately, I knew my title before I wrote my book, so I was able to avoid the great title dilemma. Next time, I may not be so lucky. How about the rest of you? How did you choose your titles? Do you have any other tips to add to this list?