Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Help Me Choose My Book Title - Part 2

One of the first lessons I learned when I was a member of RWA was not to get attached to your book title.  Sometimes the publishers will changes your title to what they want.  Which meant for me I never put too much into a title?  Most times, I’d called the manuscript by the heroine's name.

When you decide to self-publish your book, you are the publisher and you come up with the great titles.  I never imagined coming up with a title that fit the book would be such a pain.

You have all these ideas in your head but when you have to sit down and put it all on paper, it’s hard.

I came up with 10 titles and I asked you and a few writers’ friends to help decide which title was the best.  I received some good feedback.  Some wanted me to have brand in the title, some wanted guide, some wanted promotion, some didn’t like the main title, See Ya On The Net.

As I researched creating a good title, I found:

The title has to convey what’s inside the book.   

The title has to pop in order to grab the reader’s attention.

The title has to say what the book will deliver.   

Now tell me that’s not hard to come up with?

I couldn't move to the next step of finding a book cover because I didn’t like the titles I came up with.

The book is a guide to helping you, so I knew I wanted to keep that term.  The book is more about making a promotion plan.  So I kept messing with it. 

I decided I didn’t want to give up my tag line – See Ya On The Net.  That’s LaShaunda.  That’s how I signed my emails since I came on the net.  That’s what I titled my blog when I started blogging.  That’s my brand.  I didn’t want to recreate a brand just for this book.  I have always been about being on the net and using the net as a way to introduce yourself.  That’s what this book is all about.

I popped into my business coach group and asked for a little help and this is what we came up with.

The Ultimate Guide To Become a Book Promotion Star: 
Create Your Unique Plan of Action

The title says everything I wanted it to say and tells you what you need to know.

How did I do?

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