How often are you attracted to a book by its title? Your title is a chance to capture a reader’s attention (not to mention an agent’s or editor’s).
Consider this guide as you settle on a title for your novel, memoir, or short story.
Double meanings can work. But look out for clichés, and make sure the meaning is what you intend and not too obscure or clever. The title of the movie, “The King’s Speech,” could mean the publicly important speech that King George delivers at the end or his speech — his way of speaking. It works.
Think about the tone and voice of your book. A powerful title will match the style of writing readers find on the pages of your book. Read more