How long should my book be? How to choose a title?
**Planning the length of your book is an important piece of book writing; choosing a title is even more important! Read this article for tips on both.**
Author: Jim Green
It’s never that easy to estimate the eventual length of your first work but (as a rough guide) if you are planning on turning out 10/12 chapters your word count should be somewhere between 30,000 to 35,000 words; for 12/15 chapters allow for 35,000 to 45,000 words. Do not set firm targets at the outset though because as your list of contents develops so too will the potential number of chapters in the final draft. Some material will merge with other data, some will expand, and some will disappear altogether.
HOW DRAFT COPY HELPS TO SHAPE THE FINAL PRODUCT
Even with a fully structured outline to work from, committing the first paragraph to your word processor can often prove problematic. When you’ve accomplished the opening salvo and it is to your liking, press on with the composition but stop now and again to review what you have written. Doing it this way, your output operates much in the same way as a fountain; ideas spill out presenting you with new angles and twists in direction. This will continue to happen every time you return to work on your draft copy – and all to the betterment of the final product.
DEVELOPING A DISTINCTIVE TITLE FOR YOUR BOOK
The title of your book depicts the very first words that anyone reads; it is the catalyst that determines whether anything else is read. As such it is an instrument of ultimate consequence. When the title is on target, it hits the bull’s eye; when it’s off target, it’s off the wall. Treat the development of a distinctive title as essential work that you cannot start on too soon, but never settle for the first suggestion that springs to mind, no matter how brilliant it strikes you at the time.
Keep working on it, polishing it, developing the power words that will transform it into a masterful catch phrase that compels the prospect to turn the pages.
Even when you have done all this to your satisfaction, you may find that a publisher alters it. Don’t balk or consider the change as interference.
Publishers know better than authors do what constitutes a winning title.
Remember too that a powerful sub-title that sells the title itself is of equal necessity.
About the Author:
JIM GREEN is a bestselling author in the realms of fiction and non-fiction with 37 traditionally published titles to his bow – and more virtual books in distribution than you could shake a stick at…