What's funny, though, is the books I've published so far were written before I had a title. So then I had to think something up. With the Svatura series I ended up going with flowers because I like that flowers have meanings and so I could match the flower to the book concept. With the Shadowcat Nation series I tried a bunch of different things, but finally decided to use "F" words. (No, not that one. Though it is my favorite swear word.) Action words starting with "F" - fall, fortune, fury, fate... I paired them with the heroines names.
But I still have these awesome book title ideas floating around in my head. Sigh. Here's a couple that you might find fun.
Lines from a Poem
Someone (me maybe if I get to it) should write a series with titles that are lines from a certain Shakespeare sonnet. One of my favs is Sonnet 116. Titles from this one would be...
- When It Alteration Finds
- An Ever-Fixed Mark
- Look Upon Tempests
- Time's Fool
- Edge of Doom
Maybe I'll do a series of patriotic books and use lines from different patriotic songs for the titles. Oooh, that's a good one. Hmmm... I might have to pause on Sarai's story to write the first of these. Lol. Here's a few ideas on the titles...
- In the Dawn's Early Light (Star Spangled Banner)
- Loosed the Fateful Lightening (Battle Hymn of the Republic)
- Let Rocks Their Silence Break (My Country Tis of Thee)
- Let Eagles Shriek (Stars and Stripes Forever)
You get the idea now. I'm not funny enough to do "clever" titles that are a play on words. So I think I'll stick to my titles with some kind of meaning. And I'll continue to get ideas from the titles I play with. I just can't help it. These all pop into my head at random moments. Does this every happen to you? How do you come up with book titles?