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How to come up with a book title

Some writers are lucky, and the title of their book materialises in their head along with the plot. For others, it’s a little more difficult.

Your book title is actually more important than you may think. It’s your number one marketing strategy- often the first thing readers hear or read about your novel and with so many other choices out there, you need something that catches their attention.

So, how do you even start coming up with a book title?


Favourite lines

Pick your favourite lines from your story, especially if they have anything to do with the main theme or plot. They may not work as book titles, but they can help guide you. Use long and short phrases to give yourself some variety.


Use important elements

Naming your book after your main character, an important setting, or what your novel is about is a popular way to go. It helps give your reader some insight into what the story is about before they begin reading. Think of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Wuthering Heights.



Take some time to think of keywords related to your novel’s plot and theme, and write them down. Or you could take inspiration from poetry and songs. Play around with what you find, mixing and matching words and phrases.


Save the book title for last

Don’t concern yourself with your title before you even begin writing. It’s just another layer of stress you don’t need during the beginning stages of writing. A working title is perfectly fine, especially for a rough draft. You may just stumble across a great title as you write.


Remember, that while your book title is important, you can take as long as you need to find one that works for you. Make sure that your title is easy to pronounce, is unique and stands out from the crowd.

How do you come up with your book titles?

Good thoughts and happy writing





1 thought on “How to come up with a book title”

  1. I’ve always wanted to write a series of “The” titles (where the title of each book is “The… something”) so that has been the rule for my YA series and has made it easy to come up with titles. For my next book, it’ll be stand alone and I don’t have a title yet. Will keep your tips in mind for helping me find one as I write. Thanks, Sarah.


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