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Choosing a book title

As I start my first urban fantasy novel, I am struggling with finding the perfect title.  So many books have been written on werewolves that a) not only do I have to find a unique angle but b) every title I think of has a similar – or exact – one out there!

And that got me thinking about what makes a great book title.  Here are my thoughts:

1.  It needs to encapsulate the book’s concept so that readers know exactly what they are in for.  If my book had been a romance, for example, naming it ‘Dead Tropics’ would not have been a good idea.  For a zombie book, however, its pretty cool!

2.  Check the internet to make sure it is a unique title.  You don’t want to confuse readers by lumping your book in with several other books that have the same or very similar titles.

3.  Brainstorm possible titles.  Let your creative juices flow.  Put it all down on paper and then look at them individually.  Are they unique?  Do they do your book justice?

3.  And lastly, choose a title that thrills you, as the author.  You know your book best and if you love it, really really love it, then go with it.

As for my precious book…hmm, I’m tentatively leaning towards The Moon Unbound.  A young heroine struggling with her new life as a werewolf and mother, werewolf clan wars, rough-hewn hero …its working for me right now.