How do you choose a title for your novel?
February 27, 2012
Do book titles matter?
I guess the short answer is, of course they do. But how much?
I’ve been trying to come up with a new one for my latest ‘baby’, which is a longer mainstream romantic novel. It’s a sexy rom com about how the past shapes you and whether you should escape it – or embrace it.
At the moment, it’s called Miranda which started out as a working title and stuck, but I know it needs a new name if it’s ever going to be launched out into the world.
But how do you choose something that captures the theme of the book, is catchy, witty, romantic – and appeals widely but isn’t too bland?
Do I go for a title that sums up the theme (wanting to change or stay the same/running away from your past)? Or riff on the setting (the sea, castles, heritage)? Or should it be funny and quirky (Miranda Pulls It Off, maybe?) Or universal (love/relationships/family)?
Three of my books had titles from the get-go: Just Say Yes, Fever Cure and It Should Have Been Me. Decent Exposure took a year to invent and Wish You Were Here was suggested by my publisher. Then, of course, my US publisher changed some of those titles.
But Miranda needs a name.
I did have a very funny quirky book title pic posted below but the blog is being naughty. Anyway it was called THIS.