How to Select the Right Title

booktitle1Once I have the initial spark of an idea, I let it percolate for several days, sometimes longer, until the right words come to mind. Those two to six words often come with no warning and provide the starting signal for a marathon of sixty to eighty thousand words. Even though it may undergo several incarnations, that working title motivates me to complete the manuscript.

Not everyone starts with a title. Some authors spend years writing and polishing a manuscript and then tack on a title, often as an afterthought. Others may brainstorm pages full of ideas and then ask friends and relatives for advice. Regardless of the method used, one fact is clear: The right title (and cover) will catch the reader’s eye in an overcrowded marketplace.

Here are 10 tips to consider:

  • Make a list of all keywords that come to mind when thinking about your theme, setting…

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#RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange ~ Nice and Author Linda O’Connor!

Raisin' the Signal Flag

red-building-nice-for-choices-copyI love Author Tina Gayle‘s blog exchanges! Can you tell? Was it any wonder when Lady Tina organized a #RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange that I couldn’t wait to sign up? There’s nothing better than getting a peek at an author’s next book release, plus getting an insider’s view of the romantic destinations that touch each author’s heart and soul. And so without further adieu, please welcome the lovely Author Linda O’Connor!

#RomanticTravel Idea – I visited Nice, France and thought it was very romantic. Blue skies, beautiful beaches, palm trees swaying in a warm breeze, and stunning landscape. Just gorgeous and very romantic.

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Chloe Keay is on the hunt for the perfect sperm donor, but who knew it would be this hard? So many things to consider in a father – sure height and hair color are important, but what about the real…

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