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Let Me Break It Down For You

April 27, 2012 by Kiersi

A Friday round-up.

Sarah Baughman wrote a great article called What’s In a Name? breaking down some major types of book titles, why you might choose one, and what a title really tells us about a book. She makes some interesting points to think about when choosing a title for your manuscript, and explains (to me) why we have the pre-conceived notions about books that we do when browsing the bookshelf.


  1. Jim Snell says:

    Looking forward to reading this.

    As important as the first couple paragraphs are – you can quadruple that, or more, for the title.

    I often come up with a title before a story. Not to say all my titles are great, but if I write a story and don’t have a title for it pretty quickly after I start, I’m kinda sunk – because then I really have a hard time finding something for it.

    And that ain’t good. So, I’ve got pages of what I think are great titles … just waiting for the appropriate story.

  2. Kiersi says:

    I do the same thing! Funny how a title can give flavor and tone to a book.

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