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A title that sicks

How to Come Up with a Book Title (That Sticks)

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A title that sicks

When it comes to writing a novel, the title is one of the most important aspects. It’s what potential readers will see first, and it needs to be catchy enough to make them want to learn more. But coming up with a title that is both original and interesting can be difficult. In this blog post, I’ll discuss some tips for finding the perfect title for a book – and making sure it sticks!

First, think about what the book is about. Is it a mystery? Does it take place in space? What kind of characters are there?

Once you’ve decided on these things, then start looking at words that relate to them (or other similar topics). For example: if your character has two eyes but not one eye or three eyes – they might be called “One-Eyed Jacks.”

You could also chuck in an adjective like “spooky”.

A title with numbers

Other options include using numbers instead of letters such as ‘The Fifty Shades‘ trilogy by EL James. Or maybe even something from mythology which relates well with your story. Another option would be simply coming up with some cool sounding names for each chapter and adding those together until you create something that sounds right.

And then there’s the market. Certain titles work for certain sorts of book.

If you’re writing a book about dogs, you might come up with something like “How I Became A Dog Whisperer”. Or maybe even just call it ‘Whisper’. It all depends on who your target audience is.


Romance often needs to convey some hints about what is going to happen in the story. If you’re writing a story about an English girl who travels to America and ends up falling in love with a Native American, you might want something along the lines of “An English Girl Finds Love In The Wild West”.

Once you’ve got some ideas together, start playing around with different combinations until one particular combination feels right. Sometimes even just changing the order of words can make all the difference between sounding cool or like the kitchen-based nerd at your own party.

How do you come up with your titles? Tell me and share some tips.

By Mo Fanning

Mo Fanning is a British author of dark romantic comedies including the Book of the Year nominated bestseller 'The Armchair Bride', 'Rebuilding Alexandra Small' and 2022's hit holiday romcom 'Ghosted'.

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