Recently I've had to figure out titles for a couple of new projects. One of which is going to be my next Changeling Press release coming out in a couple months as part of my Hacked Investigations cyberpunk romance series. The other is a project I turned in for a submission call.
My upcoming Changeling Press release is called Blacklist Rogue, and while I scratched my head for a while and brainstormed with my husband a little, it wasn't too hard to come up with once I figured out the pattern I'd unconsciously come up with in titling the books in the Hacked Investigations series. Techno Crazed was the first one and then Savage Bytes. I realized I could break it down into a technical term and an intense, negative adjective. Having a pattern to work from is a bit freeing in that for the fourth book, I'd just have to go back and think... technical term and adjective.
Another example of working with a pattern is Lisa Kessler's Night Walker, Night Thief, Night Demon. I can't say that coming up with titles is my strong point so that method is like a sigh of relief to me.
Where it gets difficult, for me at least, is when you're starting out a series or writing a standalone. I always put off titling my books until I can't possibly hold off anymore since it's not really an enjoyable part of writing for me, unless I have one of those flashes of inspiration where a title just hits me between the eyes.
With these titles, I try to think of the themes and characters and what's going on in the book. For instance, my latest release Captive Moonlight, I picked out that the hero is taken captive and he's a werewolf. So I thought of Captive and all the words related to a werewolf. Moon... Wolf... Moonlight... I finally decided on Captive Moonlight since I liked the way it read, and it fit the criteria for what I had thought up.
So, here are my questions for all of you, which I'm really curious about. For authors, when and how do you come up with your titles? Readers, what kinds of titles pique your curiosity when you're browsing for books?
~ Sarah Mäkelä