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How to Create a Title for a Book That Captures Your Reader’s Attention

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Coming up with a title for a book is one of the most important steps in the publishing process.

It’s the first thing that potential readers see, and it needs to be catchy enough to make them want to learn more about your book.

In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to make a good book title that will capture your readers’ attention!

How to Come Up With a Story Title Based on Book Genre

In order to come up with a new book title, you first need to think about what type of genre your book will be.

Do you want to write sci-fi or a cozy mystery? Think about what you want readers to take away from your book. Then decide on the overarching idea that ties everything together.

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For example, if your book is about robots, you might decide that the title will point out the central theme of the book, such as “Robot Warriors” or “Robot Revolution” Don’t limit yourself to traditional titles, either.

Think about what your book is all about and how it will be unique. A title like “The Cat Who Couldn’t Read” or “The Cat Who Couldn’t Catch Mice” would both be fun, creative, and catchy.


Brainstorm a list of potential catchy Title for a Book

If you’re stuck, try brainstorming a list of words or phrases related to your book.

      • What are the main themes of your story?

      • What intriguing adjectives or phrases would best describe it?

      • How can you use the title to tease or hint at the book’s content?

    Write down any and all ideas that come to mind, no matter how silly they may seem.

    Once you have a decent-sized list, start crossing off the titles that are too similar to other books in your genre, or that don’t accurately reflect the content of your book.


    Brainstorm with a Book Title Generator Using Keywords

    If you’re really struggling to come up with a title, there are some great book title generators online that can help spark your creativity.

    Simply enter a few keywords related to your book, and the generator will spit out a list of potential titles for you to choose from.

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    However, it’s important to remember that these tools are only a starting point, and you will still need to tweak the titles to make them work for your book.

    Some popular book title generators include:


    Fiction Book Title Generators

        1. Reedsy Book Title Generator

        1. Random Fantasy Book Title Generator

        1. Fantasy Random Book Title Generator

        1. Ruddenberg’s Generator

        1. Writing Exercise Story Title Ideas

        1. Story Toolz Half Title Generator

      Non-Fiction Book Title Generators

          1. Copywriting Course Book Title Generator

          1. Portent’s Content Idea Generator

        Using ChatGPT to generate Book Titles

        Of course, with ChatGPT being so widely used today, you should use it to help you generate possible book titles.

        Here’s a prompt you can try:

        Help me generate five versions of a two word, three word, four word, five word book title based on the synopsis of my [what type of book e.g. children’s picture] book. The titles must be catchy and enticing to [your target audience e.g. parents of young children aged 4-6 years old][Insert synopsis of your book]. For the four word book title, give me 2 additional options each in this format “the_of_” , “_and the_” and “_ of the_”.

        Narrow down your good book titles

        Once you have a few titles left, it’s time to start narrowing them down.

        Try to choose a book title that is creative and unique, while still being representative of your book. It’s also important to make sure the title is easy to remember and sounds good when spoken out loud.

        Analyse Your Book Title

        To help you make your decision, put your title through this title analyser.

        The creator analysed the top-selling titles on Amazon and the most clapped titles on Medium.com. 

        By taking into consideration word choices, title length, and opening words and word combination, it will return a score between 0 and 100 percent.

        Get Feedback on Your Book Titles

        If you’re still having a hard time choosing, ask your friends and family for their opinions, or post the titles on social media to see which one gets the most likes.

        Another way is to use Pickfu. Pickfu finds your target audience for you to test your book title, book cover, marketing copy and collaterals.

        “When you boil it down, a book title is a business decision.”— Bethany AtazadehTweet

        Decide on your Book Title

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        But, if you’re not 100% sure about your title, don’t worry! You can always change it later on down the road. The important thing is to keep writing and finishing your book.

        Your book title is one of the first things potential readers will see, so it’s important to make sure it’s catchy and eye-catching. With a little bit of creativity, you can come up with a title that accurately reflects the content of your book and captures your reader’s attention.


        In a nutshell, what makes a catchy book title?

        There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the title of your book will be based on the content and genre of your book.

        However, some general tips to keep in mind include:

            1. Keep it short and sweet: a book title that is easy to remember and sounds good when spoken out loud is more likely to capture a reader’s attention.

            1. Play with words or make a pun: For example, “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque which talks about the brutality of war, or “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie where the 10 main characters all die one way or the other.

            1. Use adjectives or phrases that hint at the book’s content: a title like “The Great Gatsby” or “To Kill a Mockingbird” immediately suggests that the book is set in a specific time period and tells you something about the story.

          What are some famous book titles that you can use as inspiration?

              1. 1984 by George Orwell

              1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

              1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

              1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

              1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

              1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

              1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

              1. Animal Farm by George Orwell

              1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

              1. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

              1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

              1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

              1. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

              1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

              1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

              1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

              1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

              1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

              1. Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

              1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

            What are some of your favorite book titles? Let us know in the comments below!  Thanks for reading!

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