Titles for Books

How do you come up with a good title for a book?  I’ve read advice recently that said to keep your title to less than 5 words, although the subtitle (the part after the colon) could be more than five words.  Also, the title should pull a reader by their emotional cord.

This advice makes sense to me, especially when you consider that the average reader will first encounter a book by its spine–and the only thing on the spine is the title.  So that title needs to be a whopper.  It’s got to convey a sense of what the book is about plus seduce the reader enough that they’ll pull the book off the shelf and browse it–look at the cover, the back cover, read a page or two.  And then BUY the book!  (or at least check it out from the library). 

I’m struggling with naming the book I’m writing.  I’m calling it Travels with Children:  In Search of America.  In part because the title reminds me of Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley but also because that’s what we’re doing–I’m traveling with children and traveling with children is a different beast than traveling alone or with other adults. 

So if anyone has thoughts on titling books or good ideas for my book’s title, please let me know.

One of the houses at Jake's resort at Treasure Beach, Jamaica

One of the houses at Jake's resort at Treasure Beach, Jamaica

p.s.–the picture is of one of the gorgeous beach houses at Jakes in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.  It’s an awesome place!

 

the bed inside that house!

the bed inside that house!

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