I have a terrible writer’s affliction called Title Trouble.
It’s getting serious. How can I get my cover art ordered if I don’t have a title?
We all know titles must catch the reader’s eye. Next to the cover image, I’d say it was the most important draw to make the reader want to check out your book. Then the blurb and opening lines have to finish the job.
Sometimes titles are easy. ‘Visions of Zarua’ wrote itself and encompasses what the book is about.
The title Spirit Song, yesterday’s flash fiction story, came from the story itself.
When titles are hard to think up, I use a working title. The trouble with this method is those titles becomes so engrained, it’s almost impossible to see beyond them.
Now I need your help;
I hope to publish my second fantasy novel this year. It will be the first book of a trilogy. The pesky working title has stuck and I can’t see beyond it. Maybe I don’t really want to change it and that is the reason for my Title Trouble.
What do you think?
Book 1 – Search for the Sentinel
Would you pick up this book purely on its title? Would you be intrigued?
Does the title matter to you as a reader? If you’re a writer, how do you come up with your titles?
I look forward to your comments and seeing what the vote will be.
Next time its back to some cooking with Ultimate Flapjacks.
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