Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Kalikiano Kalei, iGeorg Mateos, iErnest Paquin, iLisa DAnnolfo Levey, iEdie Batstone, iMary Adair, iM. R. Mathias, i

  Home > Publishing > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Eric Pinder

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 16 Titles
· 29 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Aug, 2007

Eric Pinder, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
The Path, vol. 2 number 1
by Mary Nickum

short stories, essays, poetry, book reviews..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Judging a Book by its Title
by Eric Pinder   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2008

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Eric Pinder

Cool Cat Climbs Mountain
Weather Cats and Preschool Spiders
Schrödinger’s Rejection Slip
Losing One's Mind: Loose vs Lose
Spider Crabs and Poets at the Aquarium
Signs of the Times: New Hampshire Primary Humor
           >> View all

Good titles sell books.

At a presentation the other day, I joked that I should’ve called my book Harry Potter and the Curse of Katahdin. Harry, Ron, and Hermione go hiking in Maine but get lost in the fog-shrouded realm of the evil Pamola. It would’ve been a hit.

Actually, I did suggest the title Of Moose and Men to my publisher, but after long discussion and dozens of possibilities, we finally settled on North to Katahdin. No wizards and flying broomsticks, though the book does have Pamola howling on the mountaintop. (Pamola is Mt. Katahdin's resident Indian ghost. He likes to scare away hikers.)

It’s funny how much effort goes into picking a good title and how important those very few words can be. Just for fun, I’ve been trying the think up book titles that would be surefire bestsellers. The Harry Potter Code. The Da Vinci Cod (an exciting tale of lost treasure discovered using clues cleverly hidden in Da Vinci’s sketches of fish).

How about a legal thriller written under the penname Stefan King: The Stand. Or some lucky writer named Jay K. Rowling could publish a novel: Hairy Potter, the story of a hirsute artist. Actually, anything written with the pseudonym Jay K. Rowling would probably do well, at least until the lawyers put a stop to it. Hmm, I think I've found my new penname.

I agonized for weeks over the title for my latest book, which is about living at a remote mountaintop weather observatory for seven years. The title? Among the Clouds: Work, Wit & Wild Weather at the Mount Washington Observatory. The runner-up working title was It's All Downhill from Here. Some people still say I should have used that title instead.

The cleverest actual title I’ve seen is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers—a book I keep meaning to read. You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can sometimes judge how well a book will do by its title.

Web Site: Among the Clouds and other books

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Popular Publishing Articles
  1. Learning Twitter for Authors
  2. The History of a Title
  3. Writing Tips From Ernest Hemmingway
  4. Being a Children's Book Author in Today's
  5. You and a Writers Conference
  6. Ten Reasons
  7. Ten Reasons to Love (and Buy) Flash Warden
  8. The Naughtiness of Plagiarism
  9. Get Published - Narration - First or Third
  10. How to Write the Novel to Publishing Stan

Poor Folk by F. Dostoyevsky by Liana Margiva

Translated by Liana Margiva..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

I Wanna Win! – Tips for Becoming an Award Winning Writer by Cheryl Wright

No Longer Available for Purchase..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.