The right method in 7 steps to find the best title of your self published book. In the pub, a title is called “a hook”. That’s right, it’s about hanging the barge. But not only. The title is part of the book, all publishers say it. Hence its importance. In short, it is about arousing interest, curiosity, perhaps inform, make want to go further surely. Further on, it is the fourth of cover. But, let’s stay at the title.
The method for a title that hits the mark
When the name of the author is little or not known, it is the title that gives the first impetus to plunge into the adventure of 250 or 500 pages. We must feel the vision of the author and he must be singular. The right way to look for it AND find it.
The best way to find is to search!
1. Take time, a lot of time.
Even if it is to verify that the title that follows you from the first line of your manuscript is the correct one.
2. Make a large list of words and phrases
which translate the genre of your book, the search for its hero, the heart of the story … In short, the central element and all that revolves around.
A title is a promise. So ask yourself what your book promises emotion, adventure, discovery, unexpected, never read …
Neither revealing too much (especially not the outcome of the plot obviously, nor even a clue that would break the suspense before the end for your most insightful readers), nor not enough. The happy medium is always a puzzle.
And of course, this magnificent hero who has been living in you for several years, whom you have refined to make your readers’ hearts tickle, well for the moment he is unknown! Before it was enough to be called Harry Potter, it was necessary to go through The School of Wizards …
3. The mixers.
> It takes audacity, invention, the taste of the game … And you do not miss it since you put the word end to your work.
> Do not hesitate, mix two ideas, it often gives very good results, intriguing, very singular.
Perhaps this is how Alice’s Underground Adventures became Alice in Wonderland or transformed Good evening sadness …
> Also think that from the same idea, the way to formulate it will inform the reader about the genre of literature (romance, polar, essay …). For example, randomly: Hot Night at Oxford Street (Erotic), Murder at Oxfort Street (Crime), Criminality at Oxford Street (Essay) … It’s a way of telling him that it will please him.
4. Let stand.
You have already experienced the excitement of the day before that turn into dubious pouting the next day. The titles do not escape the rule. Let it sit, simmer, and come back when you have no really accurate memory or one of them stands out clearly and still haunts you. It may be the right one …
5. Look for evidence.
This is the hardest thing to find. We often go through lots of convoluted ideas. And then all of a sudden, by cross-fertilization, reflection, questioning, confrontation … it is obvious and one wonders how one could turn so long without thinking about it. When you think about it, it’s that the title is good. And know that evidence can come up unexpectedly anywhere, anytime, even in the shower or at the supermarket. But rarely before having searched a lot.
6. Exhibit them.
Ask your entourage what he imagines behind this title. Very useful for correcting the seasoning. And above all, do not look for unanimity.
7. Check that this title is unique.
Easy with the Internet and a search engine. And essential to not end up with an antecedent and risk to leave with the pestle. Or to be closer and not to make the comparison …
Finally, beware, on the Internet, you need a visible title AND readable!