There’s a notion out there that the title comes first, and the book follows. It’s a myth that is best ignored. You’ll want a working title for your book as you write it, but it’s important to finish writing and rewriting before you title your work.
TIPS: Jot down title ideas as they come to you during the writing and editing process, even if they are silly. Make additional lists of favorite passages from your book and famous quotes that relate to the themes in your book. But don’t settle on anything until you’re sure the book is complete.
Run your title ideas past an editor or friend who has read your work, and be receptive to their creativity. Consider emotions that the book evokes, the message, and your initial inspiration to write the book.
TIP: Be open to suggestions, especially the unique and mysterious. Recognize that different people may react to a book in different ways.
Consider naming the book after the central character, or the primary setting. Go to the library and study titles of other books in your genre.
TIP: Keep the title short and punchy. It needs to draw people in and intrigue them, not be a plot synopsis.
Once you have a list of at least 20 solid title ideas, say them each out loud. Do your selections sound pleasant? Do they flow? If the words sound clumsy, move on to the next one.
Do your internet research. Make sure another book isn’t using that title, or a close version of it.
Having trouble deciding? Go back to that friend or editor and ask their opinion. In the last analysis, the title helps to sell the book, so ask yourself: Would you buy a book with this title?