Thursday, September 27, 2007

So What's in a Title, Anyway?

Yesterday, one of my writing friends sent out a plea for help coming up with a title for her newly contracted romance novel. The editor loved the book...the title, not so much. So now she has to think of a new one.

Ugh.

I don't think of myself as very creative when it comes to book titles, so I guess I'm glad that One Night in Boston and Lost in Paradise were accepted by my two publishers as they were. My current WIP is tentatively titled Summer's Song, and I like that one a lot, because it's both a literal reference and a larger, figurative comment on what happens in the story.

Do you know about Lulu's Title Scorer, where you can find out just how appealing and marketable your title is? I scored my 3 titles, and here's what Title Scorer told me:

One Night in Boston - 14.6% chance of becoming a best-selling title
Lost in Paradise - 26.3% chance of becoming a best-selling title
Summer's Song - 76.9% chance of becoming a best-selling title

Hmm. Better stick to the actual novel writing, I guess, and finish up my WIP. I knew there was a reason business and marketing never appealed to me, in school!

What about you? Can you think of book titles that have really stood out? Do you have favorites of your own? And how do they score in Title Scorer, anyway?

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P.S. I totally forgot to mention that I had an article, "I Am a Writer," featured over at The Long and the Short of It yesterday. Go on over and check it out...

5 comments:

bunnygirl said...

Well, The Sun Also Rises got only 10.2% (or something like that), so I wouldn't worry about it. :-)

Sarita Leone said...

Allie, that was fun! Title scorer, hm? Who knew?

Snowdance scored a 22.9%. My second novel, Vineyard Mambo, scored a 63.7%. And me? I had a blast checking them out, thanks! :)

Mel said...

Protecting Della scored at 55 percent. I wonder how do the marketing department come up with titles.

Diane Craver said...

Mine didn't do well. A Fiery Secret - 10.2%, No Greater Loss and Never the Same both got 22.9%.
My tentative title for WIP was 10.2% but not crazy about it anyhow. I'm lousy at titles.

Marianne Arkins said...

The title Isn't She Liv Leigh has a 44.2% chance of being a bestselling title!

Yes, I'm still moping...