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I'm a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. During the daytime I am advisor to the President of Shenkar College. In the evening I write children's books, satire, and "how to" manuals ("Mel's ten tips). I'm co-founder of Ourboox and married to Ourboox CEO Shuli Sapir-Nevo.
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How Do You Pick a Title for Your New Book?

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

Here at Ourboox, we ask you to give a title for your book before you even start writing. Of course, you can change it as you go along. But just the act of selecting that small group of words gives you a direction to follow.


How many words should there be in the title? We recommend four or five. “Where the Wild Things Are”, for example, is a five word title. Of course there are famous books with only one word, such as “Caravans”. On the other hand, not all of us are James Michener.


If you are writing an e-book you should have at least one key word that is directly related to the topic. That makes it easy for readers to find your book when they search the relevant topic. If your book is about bananas, the word “banana” should appear in the title, rather than “My favorite yellow fruit”. Simple as banana pie.



If you are writing in a language that does not use Latin characters, I suggest that you first use Latin letters for your title. You can change the title later, but the url is much simpler and some of us think that it helps search engines find your work more easily.


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