15 Ways to Create an Awesome Book Title


Here are some ideas and suggestions on how to pick a unique book title for your next bestseller or untitled work-in-progress (WIP). And a few tips on choosing the right title for your book's genre.

Creating the perfect title can be difficult and nerve-racking. Most marketing experts recommend keeping the title at three words or less, but I suggest no more than five words. 

Your book title needs to pop, convey a hint at what your story is about, and if possible, somehow tie into the actual theme. Depending on your genre, here are a few suggestions on creating the perfect book title.

1) Song titles can give you quite a few great book title ideas. Find a band that fits your story's theme and browse the titles of their songs. And even the lyrics can be inspiring.

Science Fiction title ideas:
“Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden
“Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down
“A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay

Apocalyptic title ideas:
“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
“Till The World Ends” by Britney Spears
“Disturbia” by Rihanna

Romance title ideas:
“Forever & Always” by Taylor Swift
“Someone Like You” by Adele
“Hanging by a Moment” by Lifehouse

Horror title ideas:
“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band
“Dead and Bloated” by Stone Temple Pilots
“Heathens” by Twenty-One Pilots

New Adult Romance title ideas:
“Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson
“Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri
“Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum

Paranormal Romance title ideas:
“She Wolf” by Shakira
“My Immortal” by Evanescence
“Shadow of the Day” by Linkin Park

Thriller / Mystery title ideas:
“Side of a Bullet” by Nickelback
“Fire Burning” by Sean Kingston
“Renegades” by X Ambassadors

2) Like watching TV? Do any of the shows you watch have a theme or storyline similar to your WIP? Browse the titles of each episode to come up with ideas. 

Sci-Fi title ideas:
“Terra Firma” from Farscape
“Objects in Space” from Firefly
“Ripple Effect” from Stargate SG-1

Post-Apocalyptic title ideas:
“Human Trials” from The 100
“Last Day on Earth” from The Walking Dead
“Zombie Baby Daddy” from Z Nation

Romance title ideas:
“Lights, Camera, Relationship” from Sex and the City
“Fade Into You” from The Vampire Diaries
“Crazy, Cupid, Love” from Gossip Girl

Fantasy title ideas:
“The Bear and the Maiden Fair” from Game of Thrones
“Ruby Slippers” from Once Upon a Time
“Clock Curse” from Merlin

New Adult Romance title ideas:
“Falling Slowly” from Grey’s Anatomy
“Love the Way You Lie” from One Tree Hill
“I Found You” from True Blood

Paranormal Romance title ideas:
“Raising Hell” from Shadowhunters
“Bring on the Night” from Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
“Love Lasts Forever” from Moonlight

Thriller / Mystery title ideas:
“Do Not Disturb” from Pretty Little Liars
“Payback” from The Good Wife
“Instinct” from Orphan Black

Horror title ideas:
“The Devil's Mark” from Outlander
“Perpetual Night” from Penny Dreadful
“Book of the Damned” from Supernatural

3) Use a book title generator to come up with fresh ideas for your novel: http://www.fictionalley.org/primer/title.html

4) Use strong, active verbs and action words that relate to your plot or story theme.

5) To make sure your title is unique, try dropping the "A" or "The" at the beginning. For example: "The Scandalous Affair" can be shortened to: "Scandalous Affair" or "A Fall Through Time" can be shortened to: "Fall Through Time."

6) Scan the titles in the bestseller lists of the genre that your book falls under on Amazon to get ideas. If you write thrillers browse and see what's popular in your genre and sub-genres.

7) Use the main characters first name or mix it with a strong verb. Or use an adjective like Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas" to gain a reader's interest.

8) Where does your wonderful story take place? Title the book after the town or city. Or the name of the business or character's place of work.

9) What is the theme or overall story conflict? Since my adult paranormal romance dealt with immortals and the climax was centered around an eclipse, I titled my book, IMMORTAL ECLIPSE.

10)  One or Two word titles seem to have the most impact on readers and get better sales. Use one or two strong nouns or verbs that describe your story. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is easy to pronounce and simple to remember. Keep the title short and clear-cut.

11) Depending on the genre, the book title could be a play on words or a popular expression. For instance: "Some Like it Cold" or "The Non-Avengers" or "Bertha, The Vampire Slayer."

12) Take the title of a popular movie or book and switch the words up. For instance: "The Baker Who Loved Me" or "Pride and Poison" or "The Fast and the Fighter" or "Five Shades of Red."

13) The title could be a major event or activity from your storyline. For instance: "Apple Bakers" or "Ghost Hunters Unite" or "The Day We Drowned" or "Fairgrounds" or "Chained Up" or even "Housebound."

14) Name the book after the villain or opposing forces. For instance: "The Empire Strikes Back" or "Alien" or "Jaws" or "Hannibal."

15) Before picking a title, I highly suggest that you Google search your book title and do an Amazon and goodreads search to make sure it is unique. The goal is to ensure that your book title stands out against the competition!
I hope that these tips give you some great ideas for your next book.

Even if you've already published a few books or you're just starting out in the indie publishing world, there's always more to learn on the craft of fiction and book promotion. If you're determined to take your writing career seriously and make it to the next level, you need to make sure that your author branding and book packaging are "genre specific" to hit your target audience and build a loyal readership.

Awesome blog post about book titles: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/06/how-to-write-book-titles-for-people-robotsJoel 

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