What’s in a name? to paraphrase Shakespeare. Maybe everything. Romeo and Juliet did kill themselves over a name. But what about titles? How important is a title for a book? Some people say very, some say a little. So who is right? Well, both of them, of course. A title can get a book noticed in a good way or a bad way.
My first Indie book was Divorce, Interrupted. I swear, that title sold more books by title alone, before anyone ever read the back cover blurb. If I had been more promo-savvy I would have given the series books all Interrupted titles and the series would have been The Interrupted Series too. (Hind-sight is always 20-20) One can only go forward.
I recently read Frankenstorm by Ray Garton. The title caught my eye, the back cover copy saying the story took place in Eureka, California caught my debit card. I loved the story all the way through but I couldn’t forget that funny title. It seemed like it could have been something else. Something less a mash-up, more serious. But, the title had done its job; it caught my attention, it made me pick up the book.
What book have you picked up by title alone? Did the story live up to the title?
Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
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