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Author Forum: How Do You Choose a Book Title?

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This is the fifth of a multi-part series by guest blogger Ivy Cheng tapping into the expertise of several seasoned Ambassador authors. The first post offered tips on dealing with writer’s block. The second post covered the influence other writers can have on your work, the third discussed managing a writing schedule within a busy life and last week’s post provided insight into starting a book project.

Although we always say never judge a book by its cover, it cannot be denied that first impressions are important. When you pick up a book, the first thing you see is a book’s title and cover. It is important to find a title that grabs the reader’s attention, makes an impact, and also reflect the book itself. That is a lot of expectations heaped on just a few words.

 

Juana M9781620202913-e1414700233650ikels – Author of Choosing Him All Over Again 

I was so honored to be a guest on Elisabeth Elliot’s radio program in 1997. We had begun a writing correspondence and she mentored me through her letters. She asked me to come on her program and tell our story. After we finished taping 3 days worth of programs, she said, “Juana, you know you are going to have to write a book. Call it, “Don’t Dump Him.” I was so busy with 4 young children, and my fourth child was born totally blind and partially deaf. Twelve years went by as I was a dyed-in-the-wool stay-at-home-mother and found motherhood absolutely a calling and delightful (nothing will ever surpass it, no book—no accomplishment—nothing. I left a six-figure income with Xerox in sales to teach my children at home. When we stopped home-schooling after 13 years, I began the manuscript entitling it, you guessed it, “Don’t Dump Him.” After I was blessed with an agent, we still kept the title the same as she shopped for publishers. We decided to reverse the title to make it a more positive statement flipping it to, “Choosing Him All Over Again.”  I’m glad we offer that alternative title, and in the end my publisher chose it. That honored my husband too, for he never liked, “Don’t Dump Him!”

 

From Driftwood to SapphireKathy Howard – Author of From Dishes to Snow and From Driftwood to Sapphire

That’s funny you should ask, because I have no process. Though they are not all published yet, by God’s goodness, I have written three books. All three were different when it came to finding a title. From Dishes to Snow was originally titled ‘The Little Red House,’ but that didn’t pop. Not until I was reworking a scene at the end of the book and the words just came out, did I realize that those words needed to be on the front cover as well. From Driftwood to Sapphire’s title came in the middle of writing it. I knew I wanted the sequel to have the same type of title, so I intentionally thought of driftwood and sapphire and did my best to work it into the story. The third novel’s title came before the first word was typed. Since it has not yet been published, I’ll keep its name a mystery for now. 😉 So, the process for creating a title? For me, there is none. The title shows up on its own time table.

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Wendy Duke – Author of Grace in the Middle

Choosing a title is definitely tricky.  I wanted the title to convey the message of the story, but also connect a stranger  to the story when he / she picks it up off of a shelf in a bookstore. I’m drawn to bold titles, lyrical titles, and memorable titles.  You want people to remember the name of the book when they talk about it or share it with others. And the title and cover have to tie so closely together; a strong or intriguing title with a cover equally as strong and intriguing is a powerful draw.

 

An9781620202692-197x306drea Rodgers –Author of The 20th Christmas

I always find that coming up with a title is one of the hardest parts of writing a book, what was your process for creating a title?

I really have no one to credit for my titles except God! Every other title I’ve come up with in my life was a struggle (and really terrible titles, haha), but The 20th Christmas were the words I saw when I opened my eyes after having the dream. A similar situation happened with Caged Dove–I was walking around my house with the laundry basket and that title just came to me. When I looked up Scripture about doves, I had chills–Psalm 55:6 fits my book to a T. I knew there was no better way to begin Caged Dove than with that Bible verse!

 

 

 

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The Easter Donkey: $12 Shipped!!

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This year, put The Easter Donkey in your child’s Easter basket! Share the real meaning of the holiday with little ones through adorable characters and beautiful illustrations.

The Easter Donkey tells of Drupelet’s journey to understand the gifts God has given to those who accept them.

The Easter Donkey $12 Sale

We're offering a limited number of copies of The Easter Donkey for just $12, including shipping.

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Offer deadline is March 31.

Facebook Giveaway: Win a Copy of The Red Stones!

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9781620202265With all of the giving that’s been going on we’d like to give something away too! How does a free book to curl up with sound? We are wrapping up December by giving away a free copy of The Red Stones by Anna McCarthy. Make your way to Facebook for more details!

What if you had to lose everything to discover your purpose? Jehan’s world is completely turned upside down when he discovers his beloved home, the city of Mantessi, has vanished. Struggling to survive on his own, he finds shelter and work in a neighboring village as he wrestles with the magnitude of his loss. Desperate to find answers, he sets out to uncover the truth behind the loss of Mantessi and his family. Enter the contest for the chance to read more!

Facebook Giveaway: Win a Copy of Christmas Flavors of Ireland!

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9781620202074Are you ready to see some great new recipes? It’s time for another one of our monthly giveaways! We are celebrating the holiday season by giving away a free copy of the Christmas Flavors of Ireland cookbook by Margaret M. Johnson. Head over to Facebook for more details!

Christmas Flavors of Ireland invites readers — cooks and armchair travelers alike —on a culinary tour of one of Europe’s fastest growing food destinations. Part recipe collection, part travel guide, and part history, the book offers an insightful look into the ingredients that shape the country’s cooking. Flavors of Ireland will awaken your senses to the grand places and glorious food of this warm and welcoming land. Enter now and try some of these great recipes yourself!

Facebook Giveaway: Win a Copy of Love Into Light!

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9781620202227Here’s your chance to win a free book! It’s the end of the month, and that means one of our monthly giveaways! For October we’re giving away a free copy of Love Into Light by Peter Hubbard. Check out Facebook for more details!

Homosexuality is one of most controversial moral issues of our day. Sadly the church has often been afraid to talk about homosexuality. Many Christians feel confused and divided between the call to love and the call for truth. Love Into Light is your next step toward becoming more faithfully and helpfully engaged with people in your families, in your church and in your neighborhood. Enter now to see more!

Facebook Giveaway: Win a Copy of Each the Same!

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9781620202043It’s time for another chance to win a free book! Make sure you check out our monthly Facebook giveaways! We’ll remember this fine September by giving away a free copy of Each the Same by Michelle Worthington. Check out the Ambassador International Facebook page for more details!

What do cows, sheep, horses, and children all have in common? They all have a purpose and God loves them each the same. This is the message that children’s book author Michelle Worthington teaches in her new book Each the Same. Taking place in a barnyard with all of the farm animals, Worthington reminds young readers that everyone is different and special. Enter now for the chance to see for yourself!