What’s in a book title?
What’s in a book title? Good question. Objectively, the main point is probably marketing — to grab the attention of readers you’re trying to attract. To do that, the title needs to convey what the book is: a romance, a mystery, a horror novel. And something compelling to make them want to read it.
It would be great if there was some kind of artificial intelligence that helped generate titles — something on the web, and free — hey, what’s good enough for Bernie is good enough for me.
Well, it turns out there are. They just don’t work very well, in my opinion.
I tried out adazing.com’s title generator, which required me to submit my email address, and I know what’s going to come of that. I had to pick a genre (fantasy, since horror wasn’t an option), protagonist’s occupation (detective), his positive trait (genius), his negative trait (lonely), the location (Telluride), what the opposition in the story is (vampire) and the character’s main goal (solve the mystery).
Here’s a list of the titles the service generated:
- Wise Detective Saga
- The Mayfair River
- The Lonely Telluride’s Solve Mystery
- Night in the Maid
- The Vampire’s Page
- Apprentice in the Castle
- The Foundling of the Solve Mystery
This service seems to have an “English as a second language” problem. And I’m not sure where some of the suggestions even came from: Mayfair River? Night in the Maid? Apprentice in the Castle? What river? What maid? What castle?
How about Telluride Blood? Think I’ll stick with that.
There are other online generators to come up with vampire names. Such as — this from fantasynamegenerators.com — Dragos, Solomon, Malik, Tallon, Kristoph, Davorin…
Having a vampire named David Parker has worked pretty well for me in the past. I don’t think I’ll change it to Malik.