Posted on Sep 26th, 2011 | 58 comments
I was talking to a writer who mentioned she hadn’t worked too hard to come up with a great title for her book. When I asked her why, she said she’d been to a workshop taught by an editor at a major publishing house, who said, “Don’t get too attached to your title — there’s a good chance the publisher will change it anyway.”
So the writer interpreted it as “Don’t bother to come up with a great title.”
That’s NOT what it means!
It’s true that your publisher might want to change your book title, to come up with something they feel is more marketable to your target audience. However, it’s also necessary to present your book to agents and editors with the best title possible. Your title sets the tone, hints at the...
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Posted on Mar 3rd, 2010 | 212 comments
Lately I’ve been coaching several of my clients through the process of coming up with a good title for their book, so I thought I’d share my tips with you.
Let’s start by acknowledging a few things. The publisher is usually responsible for the final decision on title, and in the query stage, it’s not that important. In fact, some agents have said they don’t pay any attention at all to titles. But at some point, you’re going to want to think seriously about this. Your title is part of the overall impression you’re creating about your book. It can set a tone and create an expectation. Whether you’re pitching to an agent, or your agent is pitching to publishers, I think you want to have the strongest title possible.
Think of it this way: the...
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