This last post in my series is a little off topic. It’s really because when I was searching for a title for my latest novel, I was dumbstruck at how silly people are when it comes to picking names for their books.
Here’s how I go about picking a name.
- Step 1: Remember not to get married to a name too early. Research has to be done and you may be setting yourself up for heartbreak when you have to ditch the title you had your heart set on.
- Step 2: Brain storm till I come up with a list of a few titles I think have potential.
- Step 3: Go on Amazon.
Yep, go on Amazon and enter in your title to see if there is currently another book with that title up for sale. This is important. You don’t want to throw yourself into marketing your new book only for folks to a.) have trouble finding it, b.) buy the wrong book, or even worse c.) think the other book with the same title looks better and more appealing that yours! Horrors!
Here’s a case in point. One of the titles on my list of potential titles for my novel was “Last First Kiss.” Sounds good, no? Well, it must be a good title, cause there are quite a few “Last First Kiss” books on Amazon!
What a waste it would have been to title my book that too. My question is, did the other authors not check, or did they not care that they were going to be lumped in among the other kisses? Personally, I think it’s a mix of both.
Googleing the prospective titles is a good idea as well.
Ironically enough, the title I was convinced would be taken … wasn’t?!?!? I’m not complaining 🙂 nor am I telling you the title until I launch the book.
Jennifer Geoghan, author of:
- The Falling Series
- If Love is a Lie: A Partly True Love Story
- The Family History Quick Start Guide: Genealogy Made Easy
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