The name of your book will cause it to be picked up — or not given a second glance. It includes a title and a subtitle. Here are some suggestions for picking good ones:
- Pick a title that’s a grabber: “1001 Ways to Market Your Books – For Authors and Publishers”
- Don’t let the lack of a title keep you from writing the book; you may need to finish the book before you find the title
- If appropriate, name it, “How to (solve a particular problem) in only x (days, hours, whatever)”
- Make an outrageous claim: “How to Write a Book in 14 Days!”
- Invent a word: “Publishize”
- The subtitle should explain the benefits: “The ABCs of Handwriting Analysis” has “Techniques and Interpretations” as subtitle. “Publishize” has “How to Quickly and Affordably Self-Publish a Book That Promotes Your Expertise”
- Make a promise: “Lose 13 lbs. This Week!”
- Brainstorm with friends or mastermind groups
- Run a naming contest on your blog
- Ask for feedback on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
- Browse Amazon.com, your local bookstore, your local library
- Keep a notebook with you to write down ideas
What are your ideas about book naming?