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20 Book-Title Hacks for Any Genre

Today’s guest post is by David H. Safford.

Are you struggling with your title?

Every writer does.

Not only does a title have to capture the essence of the whole story, it needs to begin establishing the voice, themes, and setting long before a reader chooses to turn the page or sample the Kindle.

How can you know where to begin?

Thankfully there are no rules to titles. Rather, there are many approaches you can take to assigning your book, story, or article the right headline.

And to illustrate how these approaches work, I’m going to re-title one of the most famous works of all time: Romeo and Juliet, twenty times.

Interestingly, this title would almost never work today. Sure, it works for superheroes (Batman and Robin) or marketable renegades (Bonnie and Clyde), but writers of romantic tragedy today would never use the first names of their characters alone! Continue Reading…