Blogger: Rachelle Gardner
I was talking with a writer who mentioned she hadn’t worked too hard to come up with a great title for her book. When I asked 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!
“Don’t get too attached to your title” is good advice. The corollary is, “Still, come up with the best darn title you can think of!”
It’s true that your publisher might want to change your book title to something they feel is more marketable to your target audience. However, failing to put your due diligence into your title is a big mistake. It’s crucial to present your book to agents and editors with the best title possible, and here’s why:
- Your title sets the tone for the project they are about to read.
- The title hints at the genre or style of book, preparing the reader for what to expect.
- The title can draw the reader in and pique their interest before they even see page 1.
- The title is your book’s “first impression,” and your very first opportunity to market your book and make someone want to read it.
- The title can make the difference between a person wanting to read your proposal — or not.
Don’t underestimate the importance of your title! See my post “How to Title Your Book” for tips on how to brainstorm a good one.
How much do titles play into your book buying decisions? How much effort have you put into titling your own book?
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