Whenever I teach a workshop, inevitably someone asks me about how to write titles for books. Everyone knows a good title sells books. It’s a hook. A grabber. It makes potential readers pick up the book and check it out further. If the title isn’t catchy, they might not read the subtitle, turn it over and read the back cover or open it up and see what’s written inside.
Honing your title to a fine point can also help you write your book. It helps you figure out what you are really, really writing about and what promise you are making to your readers. It solidifies the benefits you will provide within the pages of your book.
These days, there’s more to book titles. They are used as web addresses and need to be easily searchable on the Internet.
With all this in mind, I asked Roger C. Parker to write another expert guest blog post on this subject. Why? Because he wrote #Book Title Tweet: 140 Bite-Sized Ideas for Compelling Article, Book, and Event Titles, the first book written about choosing titles for nonfiction books. He compiled 10 tips from his newest book, which you can read here.
(Please note: This month, Write Nonfiction NOW! features 30 days of posts from its sister blog, Write Nonfiction in November. Access them by clicking on the link above.)