8 Points To Consider When You Name Your Book


The Firm by John Grisham
It suits the legal thriller genre. The plot is all about The Firm. It is easy to remember and easy to pronounce. It makes you wonder what it’s about. It is two words. It creates an image in the reader’s mind. The impersonal name suits the sinister thread of the plot.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
It suits the literary genre. The spiritual implications are intrinsic to the plot. It is also unusual but not so unusual that you would forget it. It is easy to pronounce. It is five words. It is incredibly descriptive and reveals the lyrical quality of the book.

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
It suits the crime genre. It is eerie and unsettling. It is easy to remember and easy to pronounce. It has immediate intellectual and emotional appeal. Why are the lambs silent? What does it mean? As you read the book you realise how the title impacts the main character. It is five words.

Seven Great Places To Find Titles

  1. Shakespeare
  2. The Bible
  3. Lyrics
  4. Poetry
  5. Famous Quotes
  6. Thesaurus
  7. Flip Dictionary

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by Amanda Patterson

This article has 2 comments

  1. Mosi Wells

    The info on how to select a title was insightful because eight is the number of Angela there are to protect me according to religion. Also I like the examples and how you synopsis them.

  2. Dinah Dietrich

    Check to make sure your proposed book title is not already taken!! Same with blog posts or story titles. You want yours to be unique!!

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