Book Titles and Subtitles for Fiction Novels





Book titles are very important if you want your book to sell at first sight. This isn't something to be taken lightly! It is the single most important aspect of your book when it comes to selling your fiction because it is what people see first and remember most about your book.

Book Titles


You can give your book a title anytime throughout the writing process, but the best time to create a title is when you have totally completed writing your book. Once you've written your book, figuring out what the name is going to be is easy.

Most people think about making their book titles at the beginning, even before any of the writing or the outline is done. I admit it; I always choose my title as the idea is running through my head about a story. I do, however, tweak it once I'm done to fine tune it for better marketing and reader appeal.


If your title doesn't have anything to do with the plot of your story, then people will be confused from the start!


Book titles, as far as marketability is concerned, can make or break your book in the fiction marketplace. This part of your book is the first thing anyone sees before they even consider buying your book in the paperback or electronic form. It can also help people find your book in book stores if all they know is its title.



How to Write Book Titles That Attract Readers to Your Book


Book titles should be presented clearly on your book cover as well as on the spine of your book to accomplish two things:

1. It gives a person a very basic description of what your book might be about at first glance.

2. It immediately captures a person's attention and makes them open it up to find out more about it.

In order to create the best book titles, you should really analyze your book. You wrote it so you know everything that happens in it. You know the specifics. Use as few of words as possible that tell your readers what your book is about.

Organize the fiction title so it makes the reader want to buy your book even before opening the book. The main point of book titles are to get someone to pick up your book. Your book's cover works hand-in-hand with the title and is your free salesman, ready to grab readers out of the blue with breathtakingly captivating words and related images.

Since you wrote your book, ninety percent of the process of choosing a title is already done. If you hire someone to come up with a great title for you, they essentially have to read your book and pick a title based on what they read. You are basically doing the same thing, except you have several great advantages: you wrote the book; you are intimate with your book; deep down inside you know what your book's title is.

Making a fiction title is easy. You just have to come up with the right keyword or phrase to sum up what your book is about while spurring curiosity and excitement. Choosing a keyword that people are looking for in the major search engines is a big help. If no one is looking for your book's title, how will it attract anyone to it.

Simple brainstorming is a great method to make book titles come to life. I've come up with a great brainstorming exercise to help you learn how to write a book title. You will learn some basic techniques to make your book stand out from the competition and actually give it a chance in an aggressive fiction marketplace.



When to Use a Subtitle for Your Book


Subtitles are used to expand on the title. The aren't used as much with fiction titles, but can be used in a book series or if appropriate.

A subordinate title usually consists of more words than the actual book titles and go more into detail on what the book is about. The following brainstorming exercises can be used to create main titles or subtitles.




Follow This Simple Exercise to Create a Good Book Title That Sells


Use the following exercise to help create a title page for your book that will significantly increase your chances that people will pull it off the shelf at initial glance or find it on the major search engines through random searches.

1. At the top of a blank sheet of paper, write down a single paragraph that best describes what your book is about. This will be the basis of your book's title.

2. Directly underneath that paragraph, write down all of the verbs used in your previous paragraph.

3. Underneath that line, write down all of the nouns used in that paragraph.

4. Now, for the next five minutes, write all of the combinations of words you can find using all of the nouns and verbs in the two lines below the paragraph. Don't worry if some of the combinations of words don't make sense yet.

Another way you can do this is to get your family involved. Make it into a game to see who can come up with the most word combinations from the nouns and verbs. My wife is my creative power house and together we come up with the most creative and catchy titles you could think of.

5. Once the five minutes is up, review all of the word combinations. Do you see any that would make a good title for your book?

If you find a combination of words that sounds really good together, use those words and proceed to step 7. If none of the word combinations seem like they will work, move on to step 6.

6. If you can't find a word combination that makes the keywords of a good book title, set five minutes on your stopwatch and brainstorm some more. Write down verb and noun synonyms that correspond to the nouns and verbs you already have. Don't discard the ones you already have as they will be included in your part of this step.

Once five minutes has elapsed, put another five minutes on the clock and brainstorm more word combinations using all of your new verbs and nouns.

Once complete, review the new word combinations to see if you now have any good combinations. If you find one, move onto the next step. If not, repeat this step until you find a set of words to use in a great book title. Your best seller's title is out there, you just need to find the right key words.

7. Now that you've found a good combination (a verb and a noun) of words, take about five more minutes and brainstorm alluring phrases using the noun and verb in that combination. If the two or three word combinations already flow together harmoniously, this step isn't required. But if it just doesn't make sense, make the two words into a catchy but brief phrase. Continue with this step until you find that perfectly attractive title that will entice readers to buy your book.



The secret of writing a good title is already in your book and in your mind. You just have to pull the words out of the book and put them together in a captivating and enticing order.

Book titles compliment your book cover design so they can work together to do its marketing job correctly. Use both of these to make an awesome cover for your fiction story to prepare your fiction for publication.






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