The process of creating and selecting the name for a book is sometimes, for myself, often fraught with indecision, and vacillating between certain prospective titles. It is not an easy decision many times, as I am trying to best reflect the content within the book to make it easier for the reader to understand at a glance what the book is about, but, I believe this route is not always the best. Sometimes, certain titles may sound either flat, or very brief, and it is necessary to ‘jazz up’ a title, as the saying goes. I will use as an example one of my own works, THE ADVENTURES OF MRS BROWNING, to discuss these points.
The original working title for the book was just MRS BROWNING on its own, but this did not feel quite right to me, and a little too abbreviated. I added ‘THE ADVENTURES OF’ to ‘MRS BROWNING’ as it seemed to more fully reflect the book’s content and theme, but, in an allegorical manner, which I believe that readers will pick up on after reading the book. I also considered including New York City, the story’s locale, in the title, but, again, it did not sound quite correct.
THE ADVENTURES OF MRS BROWNING IN NEW YORK CITY, and, MRS BROWNING IN NEW YORK, as further examples, also did not ring true for me as possible titles. What is right for one author is not always right for another, though, and we all have different perceptions of events, and ways of doing things. It is at this point that we shall we return to our original question for this particular blog post – how do you go about choosing a title for your book?