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How do you write a book title?

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A book title should intrigue your readers, pique their curiosity and make them want to read your book. It also should have some relationship to the book's subject. Many authors accomplish this by writing both a title and a subtitle.

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  1. Avoid clichés

    Titles like "The Adventures of..." or "The Tale of...", or "The Chronicles of ..." have been overused. Using them makes your potential readers think your book is just like every other book with these words in the title.

  2. Research book titles

    Go to your local bookstore to browse titles in your genre, or browse your category on an online book retailer. It's a good idea to look at the titles of the bestselling books in your area or genre. Ask yourself questions such as "What are the good things about this title," What are the bad things," and "Does the title make me want to pick the book up and read more?"

  3. Brainstorm possible titles

    Think about your book's details, including its main characters, setting and storyline, and just start brainstorming possible book titles. Jot down everything that comes to mind. Then, read over what you have written, and think about different ways to combine the titles that you create. Consider the possibility of using a subtitle to further entice readers.

  4. Ask for feedback

    Once you have several ideas for your title, test them out. Create a survey on social media, or ask your friends and family which title seems most compelling. If you are working with an editor or publishing house, also ask for their feedback.

  5. Check for copyrights

    Once you have a couple of effective and well-received titles, you need to research ISBN registrations to make sure that your title has not been copyrighted by another author.

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