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Advice for Self-Published Authors: Crafting A Title

Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, a book meant to appeal to as many readers as possible needs to have a catchy title. For self-published authors, that can be more difficult than at first glance.

Even established and famous authors will occasionally struggle with a title for their book. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, a book meant to appeal to as many readers as possible needs to have a catchy title. For self-published authors, that can be more difficult than at first glance. Here is some helpful advice for crafting a title for your next book project.

Trust Yourself

First of all, don’t hesitate to trust yourself. Every author has a different method for titling their work, even self-published authors. For instance, Author A might come up with a title before they have even pitched their latest idea for a novel while Author B could wait until the manuscript is done before selecting a title that captures the spirit of the entire work. Sometimes, all you need to do is to follow your first gut feeling and then refine it later. While you might not be happy with your working title, your publisher could always retitle it based on their ideas about the story you have to tell.

For Fiction Books

Fiction is one of the oldest genres in all of literature. Unsurprisingly, there is a wide variety of genres for self-published authors to try and fit into; from literary fiction that could become the next classic taught in schools to a series of novels meant for children that explodes into a worldwide phenomenon. Either way, the same advice goes: you need to hook the reader and guarantee that they will have an enjoyable read, while still being unusual enough for them to take a chance and pick the book up.

For Nonfiction Books

There are two kinds of nonfiction books that you could focus your efforts on. The first is informational nonfiction – for instance, giving your readers insight on how to cook a delicious meal. The second kind is narrative, or the kind where you tell the life story of a famous figure, past or present. In either case, you should be as honest as possible about what the reader can expect.

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