A working title ... naming your book
When you start writing your book, you may have a title in mind.
Don’t get too attached to it.
It’s best to consider an early title a working title. This will allow you to keep an open mind if another title presents itself.
Here are a few questions to consider as you name your book
- does the title include words that define what the book is about? Does it need to?
- is it memorable and easy to say?
- does another book use a similar title? Or worse, the same title?
If you’re thinking of a catchy title that doesn’t reveal what the book is about, consider adding a subtitle that does.
Austin Kleon's books pictured above have succinct, catchy titles. You may not be writing a series of books. but with Kleon's books you can see that each one offers a clue to what the book is about. Steal Like an Artist encourages readers to look at the work of others and use it as inspiration. Stealing like an artist is not about copying the work of other artists, it's about using what others have done as guidance. Show Your Work talks about sharing your work with others. Inviting them to see the process and engage with you ... in a blog, on social media, through email newsletters. And finally, Keep Going offers tools and guidance to help you push through when you don't want to. Feel like you can't. It's effective because it's something we all feel. But we all need to ... keep going.
It's not easy to develop a name that's clear, creative, and concise. But it's worth working on. One of the best ways to do that is to keep a running list of titles. Keep adding to them. Modify them.
And when you've got a title, run it by a few people and see what they think.
If you're stuck, maybe I can help. Reach out with an email today.