Get a few authors together and eventually someone will make a joke about writing a book called My Secret Baby Cowboy’s Vampire Pirate Bride in Amish Country. (What do you think? Shall I write it?)
I have an excellent record for titling my WIPs and keeping said titles right through to publication. It isn’t often that I’m asked to change them, but it happens. For the story I’m writing now, my publishing team wasn’t excited about the title. Groan. It seemed perfect to me. And then I got “brain freeze.” A typical condition when I’m asked to come up with something new and my mind goes immediately blank. Ack! No good ideas. Just drivel. Not a single title left in me. Nothing. Nada. Nope. All gone.
But I am fortunate. I have great writing buddies with whom I can brainstorm. And pretty soon, sometimes after a bit more drivel, someone will hit upon the perfect title. That’s what happened for my current WIP. My friend started tossing out titles and then, Boom! That’s it! She knew and I knew it.
I’m curious to know something. [Tweet “How important to you is the title of a book when you are making a decision whether to buy it?”] In fact, why don’t you put these in the order of importance to you as a reader/book buyer:
- Author Name
- Story Blurb
Please leave a comment with the above five choices placed in a numbered order, #1 being the most important to you. I’d love to know your thoughts on titles.