While there are no magic formulas for choosing the perfect book title, there are predictable patterns for what makes a bestseller title.
Here is a quick checklist for developing your own bestseller book title. The more of these best practices you can check off, the more likely your book title will be a bestseller.
Note: No book title that I know checks ALL of them off
Bestseller Book Title Checklist (fiction)
- Short (1-3 words)
- Simple (no complex words or ideas)
- Character specific
- Reveals genre at a glance
- Series title
- Promises conflict
- Raises questions or curiosity
- Reveals setting
- Don’t Give Away The Ending
- Double Meanings
- Fits the story
Samples: How to Copy and Steal Your Way to a Bestseller Book Title
Study these titles and see how many of the bestseller book title checklist that they meet. Look for patterns. Copy and steal those patterns, as you wish, to make your own bestseller book titles as part of your book marketing strategy
- Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
- Odd Thomas
- Fool Me Once
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Behind Closed Doors
- As I Lay Dying
- War and Peace
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Girl On The Train
What’s up with these girls? There is also Girl In The Ice, among others. That’s a free pattern for you.
- Girl In The Thunderdome
- Girl In The Checkout Line
- Girl In The Fire
Ok, that last one might actually work.
One last piece of advice on titles comes from Writer’s Digest: “Titles should be distinctive without being distracting.”
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