That was the title of an article I wrote about author’s who after having
written a book, abandon it – that is they do no follow-through
marketing. The title was designed to quickly grab a potential reader’s
attention and make them wonder, “Do author’s really abandon their
babies? I want to find out!”

That's the first key to a successful book title, it must grab the reader’s
attention, then along with a riveting book cover graphic create enough
interest so the reader picks up the book. Next, a benefit-laden back
cover blurb and grab-you-by-the-throat inside material that creates an
overwhelming desire to buy the book, which is the final action in the
sales cycle.

You may already have heard of the acronym AIDA (Attention, Interest,
Desire, and Action). AIDA is also a good basic strategy for determining
your book’s title.

What will grab the reader’s attention, pique their interest, create and
overwhelming desire to buy the book, and with help from the back
copy blurb cause them to take action and buy the book? That is your
mission in constructing the book title.

Create at least 50 different potential titles for the book. According to
French philosopher Emile Chartier, “Nothing is more dangerous than
an idea when it is the only one you have.” You may come up with a
great title right away, but you should still come up with 49 more great
titles – all right, at least ten more great titles. Get feedback and ideas
from everyone you know. I’ll bet when you hear or discover the right
title it will hit you like a ton of bricks. You'll know instinctively when the
title is right.

Another acronym, KISSU, is another good strategy for determining a
book’s title. KISSU stands for: Keep It Short, Simple, and

A good title, like a headline in a newspaper, should be between five to
seven words. For non-fiction books, focus on the main topic or subject
of the book as an early keyword in the title. For fiction books, mold the
logline, that one sentence description that might eventually appear in
TV Guide when your book finally becomes a late night movie, into a
tantalizing title for the book.

The KISSU method also works admirably in getting e-mails opened
where you may only have 140 – 180 characters for your subject line
and you need to quickly entice the reader, editor, agent, or publisher
to open your e-mail.

Create a title by quickly grabbing the reader’s attention, then create
additional interest with a subtitle or book graphic, ratchet up their
desire a few notches with a benefits laden back cover (for non-fiction
books) or steal an intense, dramatic, or mysterious scene from the
book (for fiction books) but most of all make sure the title is short,
simple, and easily understood  and your books may soar off the

                    © 2011 by Rik Feeney. All rights reserved.                 
Authors Abandon Their Babies!