Sunday, February 22, 2015


Q – I need to come up with a title for my novel. Are there any guidelines or ways to pick a good title?

A – There is really no right way to title a novel, but there are a few tips that may point you in the right direction. First, it needs to reflect the content, but not give away the conclusion. For a Christian book, you might pick a proverb or a little phrase from the Bible—or you could search a book of quotations or come up with a twist on a familiar quote. The most effective titles are five or six words. You want it to first catch an editor's eye and ultimately the reader’s attention. You might want to start a list of titles you like and when it's time to title your novel, just pull out the list and read through it to get your own creative juices going. Although you will want to select at least a working title, you can also include a list of alternative titles if you come up with more than one that you like. Some writers turn to their friends to brainstorm possible titles. Whatever you decide on for a title, don't get too attached to it. Eighty percent of titles ultimately get changed by the publisher.

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