A title can give you a first impression of a book. That, and the cover, are the things that jump out at you on a list of new books.
I once wrote a blog where I came up with the title: *A Texas Shifter Cowboy And A Cop With A Kid At Christmas*. Of course this would be impossible to fit on a cover… maybe instead the cover should have a semi nekkid dude wearing a cowboy hat, a wolf to indicate what kind of shifter, a cop, a cute kid, a Christmas tree, and the title which you could shorten to *The Cowboy And The Cop*… or *Texas Shifter* or *The kid at Christmas* or….
Do you see where I’m going with this?
When you title your book, calling it something unhelpful like *Moments* or *Oracle* or *Kian* or *insert unhelpful name here* means nothing to a new reader who is looking at the book in a long list of new publications… So I guess as an author what I ended up getting my head around was that I needed to think about titles that stood out to ME and go from there. The perfect example of this was The Fireman And The Cop…
Take my newest self published story – All The Kings Men. What is this about? It sounds soldiery, or maybe paranormal? BUT, it’s from the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, and is about an earthquake and forest fires that destroy LA and the battle to survive for two central characters. So, pretty useless title, but the cover, by Meredith Russell, captures the story perfectly with the embers of the forest fire.
Just imagine if you were wanting to try a new author and you had ten seconds to choose one out of ten and you knew none of the authors… The question I always asked myself was what makes me buy the book I have chosen? So, if you don’t know the author, and you have no recommendation what makes you choose a new book to try from, say, a list of ten books? Is it cover? Title?
Tell me what you think and I will choose a commenter at random to win one of my backlist, or a future book.
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