Stuck on your eBook title? Don’t despair! I’ve got some super simple strategies you can employ to get your mind ticking over:
Braindump then brainstorm
As you may know, I love a good brainstorm! Especially if it’s with a partner or group. But before the storm comes the braindump. This is where you get everything out of your head and onto paper (or your computer screen). At this stage nothing is silly, stupid or useless – everything gets poured out of your mind.
Personally, I’m a paper fan. Or a whiteboard if one’s around. But in a pinch I’ll open up a fresh Google Doc and jot down all my thoughts.
Once everything is out, you can then start the brainstorming process. You can extrapolate on ideas, turf the ones you’re not vibing with, come up with fresh ideas and hone in on your eBook title.
The magazine rack at the supermarket can be a great place to get ideas for your title. Obviously you can’t directly rip them off, but they do give you a great starting point. You can also hit up the bookstore for inspiration!
When you’re doing your research look for patterns – is there a formula to the titles? Would that formula work for your eBook?
Try a ‘headline’ formula
While an eBook title is different to an article headline, the formulas are an awesome place to start when you’re brainstorming your title.
A couple of common formulas:
Number or Trigger Word (What, Why, How, When) + Fun Adjective + Keyword + Promise
Numbers + Adjective + Keyword + Rationale + Promise
Remember: for most eBooks, using these formulas is simply a creative brainstorming activity, not the formula for your the actual eBook title.
Did any of these strategies help you out? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. Want more on eBooks? Join Alana and I on October 26 for a totally free webinar – “11 Secrets for a Bestselling eBook Cover”. This is a no-pitch digital publishing party where we’ll be sharing our secrets for writing and designing a successful eBook cover.