Three Elements of a Killer Title

By Maryann Yin Comment

What makes a great title?

Writer Katie Ganshert recently listed three key elements for making a killer title. A title should represent the story, add intrigue and, most importantly, “it has to sound good.”

Here’s more from Ganshert’s blog post: “Titles shouldn’t make tongues twist or noses wrinkle. They should be pleasing to read and say. I’m a big fan of alliteration. I love When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin. Not only is it intriguing, it’s poetic. The repeating C sound works really well. I bought this book because I fell in love with the title and I haven’t even read it yet.”

What’s your favorite title? Legend author Marie Lu revealed on her blog that her boyfriend has trouble remembering book titles. Reportedly, he remembered Percy Jackson and the Olympians as Jason Jones and the Argonauts.

Ganshert (pictured) recently announced that her debut novel will be titled Wildflowers from Winter. It wil be published in May 2012. (via Elizabeth S. Craig)

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