Bestseller Book Title Checklist (Fiction) 

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)

  1. Short (1-3 words)
  2. Simple (no complex words or ideas)
  3. Character specific 
  4. Command 
  5. Reveals genre at a glance
  6. Series title
  7. Promises conflict 
  8. Raises questions or curiosity
  9. Reveals setting
  10. Don’t Give Away The Ending 
  11. Double Meanings 
  12. Fits the story 
  13. Thematic 

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. 

How about…

  • 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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Christopher Kokoski is a speaker, trainer and author of Wicker Hollow and the Past Lives novel series.

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