Book Publishing Tips of the Day

Daily words of wisdom from Dan Poynter and other publishing industry experts. (Search on "tip" in archives for complete list.) - Today's Tip from Poynter: "Craft a Short Title."

"Craft a Short Title."

Your title should be easy to remember and easy to say.

The words should relate well to each other. A short title has fewer words a customer can get wrong.

Books in Print uses a 92-character computer field. Ingram, the big book wholesaler, uses a 30-character field. Try to make your title and subtitle tell the whole story in 30 characters.

Books in Print lists all currently available books by title, author and subject but most directories list only by title. If you start your title with the keyword, your book listing will be easier to find. If your book is on how to win high school elections, try to start with the keyword "election." Then your book will be listed along side other election books.

Your subtitle may be longer and should be more descriptive. Together, the title and subtitle should leave no doubt what the book is about. Make your title specific, familiar and short.

"Your title should be five words or less or people have to use their brains to repeat it." -Jeff Herman, Literary Agent.

(c) 2000 by Dan Poynter. For more tips and information on book writing, publishing and promoting, see the Para Publishing Web site.


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