For the last few months, I’ve been concerned about the title of my work in progress. I was afraid it was too obscure, and hard to pronounce, that the title wouldn’t draw readers to read the description, let alone buy the book. Now that I’m getting serious about publishing, it became imperative that I make a decision, and soon. I’ve hired a cover designer to begin work on November 17th, and she needs the final information to start her design!
I had a few criteria for the title:
- Catchy – it has to be easy to remember and noteworthy
- Fairly unique – it doesn’t have to be the ONLY book with that title, but it should be the only fantasy novel
- Relevant – it needs to communicate some aspect of the book, as well as the genre
- Doesn’t give away the ending – I don’t want to reveal too much in the title alone
- Good to use in a series – it can be changed or modified to brand Rie’s trilogy and the overall series
After some good discussion with my beta readers and my husband (who’s a tough critic, in a good way!) I’ve finally made a decision.
Sanyare: The Last Descendant
It’s catchy and completely unique, no question there. It does give a hint at the plot, making it relevant, but with some minor tweaking of the story, I don’t think it reveals too much, too soon. It definitely has a fantasy feel, but it’s not over-the-top swords and sorcery. And it can be used in a series, either by continuing the trend (e.g. Sanyare: Origin’s Apprentice) or by using the word “Sanyare” in the series name (e.g. A Novel in the Universe of Sanyare).
I’ve put a lot of time and thought into this one tiny decision. Okay, really it’s not so tiny, because some titles can make or break a reader’s decision to buy, but it’s a small component of the larger publishing picture. In any case, I hope you like it!
Feel free to leave comments! Even constructive criticism is still useful!