Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · 23h

When pitching around a book, it’s a good idea to have Chariots of Fire playing in the background, to make the experience nice and epic. #pubtip

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · 1d

We at BookEnds live by the 24-Hour Rule. Now we're sharing our tip with you! #pubtip

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · 2d

Note: I am caught up on all queries to Nov 1. If you haven't received a response, check Spam or assume it's a pass. I've started tackling my submissions and maybe pile now! 😍 #amagenting #querytip

A.M. Rose @annmrose · 3d

For me, I need a reason a “contemporary” book is set in the 80s or 90s. The 90s were almost 20 years ago. That means for a YA book teens today weren’t even alive then. (Or for 19-year-olds they were only 1) #SlushInsight #querytip

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · 4d

Catching up on queries for year-end, and seeing lots of pitches use suicide as a plot point/motivating factor for the protagonist. This gives me pause. If you're weaving suicide into your narrative, it's something I want to see dealt with carefully, in depth. #querytip

Caroline George @CarolineGeorge_ · 4d

Six Tips on What to Include in your Author Bio - Random Writing Rants #writing #pubtip

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · 4d

#QueryTip Unfortunately, I cannot accept queries or pitches via Twitter dm, but I welcome everyone to query me via email:

I hope to have the opportunity to consider your work!

🎃 Ch-hell-sey Emmel-haints 👻 @CKEmmelhainz · 4d

In summary, coming up with titles sucks, but your editor and agent and entire publishing team are in there with you. Hang in there! The right title is just a keystroke away.

🎃 Ch-hell-sey Emmel-haints 👻 @CKEmmelhainz · 4d

Listen to outside suggestions and crowd-source titles that have promise. If you find something you like, be sure to Google it first--if another book in the same/similar genre has used it in the last year (or will in the next), let it go. The less competition, the better!

🎃 Ch-hell-sey Emmel-haints 👻 @CKEmmelhainz · 4d

Some tips for strong titles: Check out other successful books in the genre & identify why the titles work/don't work. Consider idioms, *public domain* songs/poems, catchy phrases in your own project. Keep a running list of engaging verbs and strong nouns (mix 'n match).

🎃 Ch-hell-sey Emmel-haints 👻 @CKEmmelhainz · 4d

Sometimes, you'll miraculously stumble upon the perfect title for a project on the first try.

More often than not, you and your team will swap bad titles like colds during flu season, each one spawning new and different takes on the same "nah".

🎃 Ch-hell-sey Emmel-haints 👻 @CKEmmelhainz · 4d

"But what about what's IN the book?" you exclaim. "Isn't THAT what matters?"

Yes. We absolutely want the title to match the story & not mislead readers. But we also want your title to compel readers to want to know more. The perfect title is a balance btwn theme & marketability.

🎃 Ch-hell-sey Emmel-haints 👻 @CKEmmelhainz · 4d

Thus, the title is ultimately a marketing tool that, along with strong packaging (jacket design and descriptive copy), ideally makes consumers more likely to pick up (or click on) your book. Good titles = good marketing = better sales.

🎃 Ch-hell-sey Emmel-haints 👻 @CKEmmelhainz · 4d

When your book is signed with a publisher, you may have all sorts of people chiming in on whether or not a title is "good." It may seem like a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but it's important to remember that publisher's aim is to *sell* books.

🎃 Ch-hell-sey Emmel-haints 👻 @CKEmmelhainz · 4d

A good title is about more than just finding the perfect thematic phrase that sums up what's between the covers. A good title is one that is unique, commercial, easy to search (weird spelling is a no-go), and fits the genre you're aiming for.