Emily Rodmell @EmilyRodmellSometimes one of the biggest barriers to entry in the publishing world is finishing the book. Opportunities for online pitches and potential requests abound these days, but they're only helpful if you eventually finish and submit a book.
This is so accurate and applies to conferences, as well. I can't tell you how often agents and editors request pages that never come.
I remember this AMAZING pitch I received about a cult of witches at @thrillerwriters last year. I requested, but it never came in. 😭 #pubtip
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!
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).
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".
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Chelsey Emmelhainz @CKEmmelhainzAnd now for a little chat about titling (or the dreaded re-titling) of books. /thread #pubtip #writingtips
So you need a title.
OR your publishing team has poo-pooed your title and is requesting a new one.
Some things to know...
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessicaCommunication Guidelines for the Author-Agent-Editor Relationship bookendsliterary.com/2018/10/15/com…
Sarah LaPolla @sarahlapollaWriters, I love you, but please stop setting otherwise contemporary stories in the ‘90s & ‘00s. Especially if YA. If your plot can be foiled by a text, it’s too thin.
Ditto for every genre. #amwriting #amediting #pubtip
Also: Miscommunication-as-conflict may have worked for Shakespeare, but then again, they didn't believe in women playing women onstage. We're way past this plot!
Rebecca Faith @RFaithEditorial1/ Plot device: (n.) a mechanism for moving plot forward, often divorced from sympathetic developments in characterization, theme, context. See also, "low hanging fruit."