Amanda Mariel on Book Titles


Amanda Mariel talking book titles

 There is no doubt in my mind that a book’s title is important. That is why I work so hard to name my word babies. I have often wondered how important a title is in the hierarchy of importance when someone is deciding to buy a book. I also wonder how other authors name their books.

 When I am looking for a new book to buy it is usually the cover art that catches my eye first. However, I go from there to the title. I am not going to lie; there have been occasions where a title turned me away from the book. Has this ever happened to you? I stress out every time I have to name a new book because I do not want to turn readers away with a subpar, or worse, bad title.

 When it comes time for me to title a new story I usually go through a long process of selection. I always want to come up with something catchy that fits my story and will hopefully attract readers. Generally I start brainstorming by myself using a key phrase or word that fits my book. Once I have a few ideas, I toss them at fellow author Dawn Brower. She usually adds a few ideas and helps me axe a few of mine. Sometimes I am able to narrow it down to one title I love without doing further work. But most of the time I run to my street team (they are fabulous) and pitch them my short list for a vote.

Enchanted by the Earl final My book Enchanted By The Earl and it’s follow up Captivated By The Captain were both named by going through the entire process. My very first book Scandalous Endeavors was named with a variation of the process where I put a poll on my website and had readers vote. My current WIP (work in progress) How To Kiss A Rogue was named without me running to my street team for a vote. I fell in love with the title during a brainstorming session with Dawn Brower-thank you, Dawn!

 How much does a title mean to you? If you are an author: How do you come up with your titles?


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Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family. Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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3 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem (@BarbaraMonajem)

    I just made a whole long list of potential titles for the story I just finished writing. Some of them are truly awful, but I find that just writing whatever comes into my head eventually leads to a good title, and in the meantime I (and my critiquers) get a laugh.

  2. Violetta Rand

    Sounds like a stressful process, Amanda. Have you ever sipped on some wine first, then selected titles? I do love the names of your books. 🙂

  3. ki pha

    The title definitely has to catch my interest and has to fit the story, even if I have to read all the way to The End to figure it out. From what I know, many Authors don’t get to choose their own titles, well at least not their first working titles, but they do go about the same process and have an editor from their publisher to help fit it together. Many also have their ST and readers for help too. As for me I try to work it around a series name or similar words.