Naming A Novel


Do you struggle with naming your novel? I do.

My novels are Fracture Line, The Final Gate, and Burnt.

After submitting The Final Gate to my agent, Margaret Hart, I received feedback from her editor that I should change the title.

I think I’m on title 200, and I’m still working on it.

  • Should the title be a line from the novel?
  • Should it be a metaphor?

After picking a title, then comes the research.

  • It the title already used?
  • Does is have a meaning I’m are unaware of?

Then comes the test market. Sending the title out to the people who have read my novel should give me some feedback. But what is they all like different one.

There are so many things to consider.  I think I’m finding the harder than writing the novel, the blurb and the synopsis. Yikes!

How do decide what your title should be? And if you happen to read the blurb for The Final Gate, can you send me a title?


14 thoughts on “Naming A Novel

  1. OMG I’m still struggling. I’ve fixed up tens of thousands of words in my manuscript but I can’t seem to find a few suitable words to name the silly thing! Eek! Good luck with yours.


  2. I usually don’t like titles that are lines from the story/song/film. I think for me it’s because when I read the eponymous line, a small part of me always goes ‘So that’s where the title of the came from.’ which breaks me away from the story. But on the other hand, you often get titles that are the other end of the scale – so unrelated to the story the author may as well have just named the book after their pet or something. I guess it’s about finding the right balance between summary and intrigue. But then again, most of my titles come to me out of the blue, so I don’t really have a helpful formula to impart…


  3. It really is a tough question to answer, I read the blurb and all I could come up with is: If it has an unusual name, perhaps the name of the mountain resort where it all happens?
    Good Luck


  4. I kinda like The Final Gate. There’s so much it suggests. Hmm… I’d have to think. To be honest, I don’t have a good method for titiles either.


  5. I also struggle with titles… I tend to go through so many and even then I’m not certain I have the right now. What I try to do is look at the summary blurb of my book and see what words stick out and then play with them… Good luck.


  6. Despite all my other writing troubles, I don’t seem to have much trouble naming my novels. Once I come up with a title, I always ask myself, if I saw it on the highest shelf of the bookstore, with no picture on the spine, and covered with dust, would I be desperate to read THAT book, based on just that title? If I would, then my title is a keeper–for me, at least.

    My title usually sneaks up on me, and represents something about the story that is most important to me, usually a metaphor related to the theme that got me interested in the story I am writing.

    Unfortunately, I’ve never had much luck suggesting names for other people’s novels, but I happen to like your ‘The Final Gate’ title a lot! The double meaning is a great hook, IMO.
    I’m sure you’ll find something the editor deems suitable!


    1. Thanks Kirsten, I’m hoping for a new title to sneak up on me. One idea is DESCENT.

      The first novel is Fracture Line ( the point where an avalanche lets go.)
      Followed by DESCENT (skier crashes going down mountain)
      Then BURNT (Forest fire at bottom of ski hills.

      I’m still thinking about this and seeing how it feels for a while.

      Who knows…


  7. Dear Kristina,
    Anyone who skis would probably be familiar with the term gate used in that way. It does have a dual meaning which is good. Stone Mountain is the name of a resort in Georgia. The Final Slope doesn’t have the same energy as the final gate…we think of heaven’s gate.
    Relax you’ll figure out if you like this title or whether another is more to your liking. Probably the picture on the front would hint to the setting. You’re doing great!
    Thanks for liking my blog.
    I’d never seen authors put the pitches for their books like you do. Pretty ingenious, I believe.
    Do something to celebrate you today!
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards


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