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How to Write a Best Selling Book Title

If you want to know how to write your book’s best book title, you need to brainstorm with your peers by sending a survey with 10 sample titles specific to your target audience. Have them vote from 1-10 (10 being best). They might also suggest new or revised titles to use.

Before you start though, read the five tips and your coach’s book title template below as a guide to creating a money making title for your book.

Five Tips for Writing a Successful Book Title

1. Include specifics in your title.

They sell better than general topics. “Get Passion?” is not as strong as “What Makes a Passionate Woman?” Include your target audience.

2. Avoid long titles if possible.

People’s attention spans are short and they won’t remember it. If you need to go long, create a catchy main title with a hook, and include the details in your subtitle.

3. Write a clever title, but include your book’s promise in the subtitle.

These can be the benefits or results they’ll get after reading your book.

4. Write a title that is the book’s thesis.

Write your eBook or Other Short Book – Fast! is both a thesis and title. Great for the search engine listings too! Especially when you use keywords people type in to find your topic.

5. Avoid hyperbole and adjectives such as gigantic or amazing.

They don’t add real value. Hype doesn’t work with a lot of people.

Your Template For 8 Best Book Titles

1. ____ Steps to ____.

Keep the steps at 10 or under. Over that, it’s a list and will seem like gruel instead of chowder. Even a short book needs substance.

2. The Insider’s Guide to ____.

For example, The Insider’s Guide to the One Page Book Proposal.

3. Secrets at the end of any topic still sell well.

For example, Testimonial Secrets of the Rich and Famous.

4. ____ for Idiots.

For example, Organic Gardening for Idiots.

5. The Expert’s Guide to ____.

You will be the expert as soon as your book is out to your target audience.

6. The Truth About ____.

This idea goes along with The Myths About ____ and Their Solutions. For example, Seven Book Myths and How to Overcome Them.

7. How to ____.

These are my favorite because if you research what your audience wants first, your book practically writes itself. Your audiences are looking for your wisdom to answer their challenges.

8. Title your workbook or notes “Action Guide for ____.”

If you write a best title, your book will sell about 25% more than if it has a so-so title. Brainstorm on your title and you already have the number one ”Essential Hot-Selling Point” of a sizzling book down.

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Do you have questions about your book title? Leave them here and I’ll answer them as best I can :)

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Book and Blog Coach Judy Cullins helps you gain confidence and transform your ideas into life-long money-making content. Author of 14 books for business people and authors include “Write your eBook or Other Short Book–Fast!”Judy offers free, up-to-the minute weekly publications on book and blog writing and online marketing at

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  • Dr Amit Nagpal

    Wow Judy. Got the wisdom to launch my first Ebook. Looking forward to your coaching next year.

    Check my Blog on Life Skills

  • Grace Peterson

    Excellent advice. I always have trouble with titles. Sometimes it takes longer to think of the title than it does to write the entire piece. Do you have any suggestions for other genres? Memoir?

  • Judy Cullins

    HI Gracem You are right. The title does take the longest time to get the best one. Did you send a survey with sample titles to your friends and associates? That helps alot.

    For a Memoir, soemthing dramatic or shocking can work. Once client wrote “Elder Rage” a memoir of her aging parents with Alzheimers.

  • Ashok Gupta

    Thank Judy for such very informative article.

  • Judy Cullins

    Ashok, Glad you got value from this blog post. I’ve been bookcoaching for 25 years and titles that are good sell 25% more than so so titles.

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