Choosing a Great Title for Your Next Novel

Choosing a Great Title for Your Next Novel

by Ashleigh Galvin If you asked what draws me to a book, like most readers I would answer with the following: a nice cover and a snappy title. A good title is supremely important in making an impression on the reader before they even open the book because it lingers in their mind. If they talk to their friends about the novel, it’s also most likely the first thing they say to introduce the book. Choosing a good title is one of the hardest parts of writing a novel. How can a writer summarise the feeling of the entire book in just a few short words? I won’t lie—it’s tricky. This article will look at how to come up with a title that will suit your novel and engage your readers. Asking around, the piece of advice I heard the most was, ‘It will strike you like a bolt of lightning. Suddenly, you will just know!’ I got this advice from readers, not authors. I took this approach when trying to name my first novel, Birth By Fire’s Embrace. It was well after I had finished the novel and started the editing process that I realised it wasn’t that easy to pick a title. It wasn’t going to drop out of the sky in front of me. A good title needs work, patience, and a lot of thought put into it. I wrestled with titles for weeks before I finally settled on Birth by Fire’s Embrace. About a month after finishing Birth by Fire’s Embrace, I started to work on its sequel. I was typing away at home one night when I paused. It had just hit me: the title. After painful weeks wracking my brain for the first novel’s title, the second one was developed in a matter of seconds. I finished that novel with a smile as, for me, the hardest part was already done. To create a good title, you really need to get a comprehensive feel for your novel. The title needs to reflect the vibe of the book. But remember, there are always two sides to the coin. Let’s take a look at some popular examples. Example one: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. The main character’s name is Harry Potter, and the story is about the Chamber of Secrets. Nice and simple. It tells the readers what they want to know, but still retains enough mystery to interest them in reading it. It’s a straightforward title, following the style in which the novel is written. Example two: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Short and extremely mysterious, it suggests nothing, but allows the mind to explore possibilities. Both titles are great...

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Interview with Mike Klumpp

Interview with Mike Klumpp

by Joy Anne Shearer SPMG author Mike Klumpp recently published I Am: The Miracle, an insightful memoir of his experiences in Africa and how his faith grew during his time there. I Am: The Miracle  is an inspiring read and a great holiday gift. Now you can give twice: for each book purchased, $1 will be donated to victims of Typhoon Haiyan! Get your copies here: http://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Miracle-Mike-Klumpp/dp/1938444043 . Mr. Klumpp was kind enough to answer some questions for us so we could peek at his writing life, marketing style, and more. Besides writing, what other work do you enjoy? I have worked for two reasons in my life; one, because it allowed me to write, two, because I was working at the very thing I loved. Currently, I work teaching in a school in Hong Kong, I pastor a small church, I work with the homeless in the Philippines and Kenya and I train in the martial arts. I enjoy helping people; seeing a smile where there was no hope. What type of music do you listen to? I listen to an eclectic folk rock jazz blues and classical mix. Paul Thorn, Ray Willie Hubbard, and Matt the Electrician are at the top of the list the last few weeks. Before that Arvo Part, Bootsie Collins, and Mike Doughty were at the top of the pack. What is your favorite motivational phrase? Esse quam videri. To be rather than to seem. What advice would you give aspiring writers? Keep writing – strive for honesty and transparency – write about what you know – trust your instincts but be willing to live with the results – learn to be a team player – never cease to get educated Who is your favorite author and why? Wow – this is tough. I would have to say William Kotzwinkle. His books are profoundly funny and yet rip the cover off of modern culture. Next would be Kerouac for his honesty or Nicolas Gogol for his beautiful exposing of human nature in Dead Souls. Name a book, or a few books that have had an influence on you and your writing. Dharma Bums by Kerouac, Cat’s Cradle by Vonnegut, Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Love in the Ruins, Walker Percy and The Fan Man by William Kotzwinkle, These books are among the most influential in my writing though in a memoir like I Am:The Miracle it may be less evident than in my fiction. Why do you write? I write because I always have. When I was young I was told by my parents to be seen and not heard. I would sit alone in a room in our home filled...

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Holiday Press

Holiday Press

by Merethe Walther With Thanksgiving over and Christmas around the corner, it’s about time to start looking for some great finds for the book lovers in your life! Spectacle has you covered! Whether you’re shopping for children, or those who are just young at heart, we have an assortment of titles guaranteed to please even the pickiest of readers. Love both engineering and the arts, but have trouble reconciling the differences between your right and left brain? Worry no more! Poetry for Engineers by Clayton Grow is sure to please the prose lovers and the analytical thinkers in your family. DX/DY curves don’t much like math. fortunately, there’s a little thing called INFINITY the magic ingredient in a castle full of secret serums how do we measure a dimension when the ruler keeps slipping? Get your copy of Poetry for Engineers on Amazon! Only $4.99 this holiday season! What do tea, spirits, and the gods have in common? They’re all things that get stirred up in Honey, a novel by Alison Lyke. When an angry ghost shows up in Honey’s shop and demands she stop brewing tea, Honey has no idea what the cataclysmic fallout will be. She stumbles on a journey through surreal planes where the very forces of the universe seem inclined to catapult the unfortunate barista right into a battle of the gods, and Honey just may rethink her day job. As she was drifting to sleep in a blur of intoxication and leftover musical vibes, Honey swore she felt a soft shift of pressure on the mattress near her feet. At first she thought it was Seth getting into bed, but then she remembered that he was gone. She opened her eyes and saw Jenny from the club sitting on the end of her bed. Slowly, it dawned on Honey that this wasn’t Jenny at all—this woman was older and more arrogant looking. Her lacy white dress looked like a cross between a wedding dress and a nightgown. Her black hair was wet and stringy. “Are you Jenny, the Maxwell’s daughter?” Honey asked in dreamy confusion. “No,” the woman said. “My name is Pearl.” “How nice,” Honey drawled, trying to be flippant and sarcastic with the dream figure, but suddenly, she felt weepy as an overwhelming sadness crept into her. Looking closer, Honey noticed that there was something wrong with the edges of Pearl’s body. She seemed to shift in space, even though she was sitting still. The shifting made her translucent, and Honey thought she may be looking at a spirit or a ghost. Get caught up in your own adventure with Honey on Amazon! Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean that it’s...

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Chance To Do Some Good

Chance To Do Some Good

Listen up! If you haven’t purchased The Darkest Age yet, here’s a sweet deal and a chance to do some good. We’re offering a digital bundle – The Darkest Age Core Rule Book and The Unconventional Dwarf – (another great product from our publisher) together for $23.98. $3.00 of each bundle purchase goes to Typhoon Relief in the Philippines. Click here to find purchasing information: The Darkest Age/Unconventional Dwarf Hurricane Relief Bundle. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Coming Soon from SPMG: Kidtropolis by Ray Brown

Coming Soon from SPMG: Kidtropolis by Ray Brown

by Anna Tellman Stumpf Kidtropolis is found in The Book of the Imagination. This book is provided to a young Mya as she struggles with some of life’s bigger issues. One way to help a young person is to give them answers, but Mya’s grandfather hands her a book. A book with empty pages. Mya’s book takes her to Kidtropolis. Kidtropolis is a magical crazy mixed up world where kids run everything. The mayor is a kid, the policeman is a kid, and so is the fireman. Mya finds hysterical kids with fun lives, a rambunctious kid named Farticus, and even a very unhappy kid, Louie. Among the kids are helpful storks, forests and a village made out of poo. While these may not sound like keys to answers life’s big questions for a kid, they provide an entertaining backdrop to finding those answers through imagination. Read more by clicking here. Mya’s book takes her to Kidtropolis, which is a magical, crazy, mixed-up world where kids run everything. The mayor is a kid, the policeman is a kid, and so is the fireman. Mya finds hysterical kids with fun lives, a rambunctious kid named Farticus and even a very unhappy kid; Louie. Among the kids are helpful storks, forests and a village made out of poo. While these may not sound like keys to answers life’s big questions for a kid, they provide an entertaining backdrop to finding those answers through imagination. What a child will find in Kidtropolis is their ability to dream and to use those dreams to help shape their reality. Children will relate to Mya because she is confused by life and what better way to be confused than to step into an imaginary world that makes absolutely no sense? Kidtropolis is where Mya learns to dream and to believe. “Well, I’d say to try to only think on those things that matter. But don’t just think about it, believe it. That’s why we can do what we want, be whoever we want. It’s not that we think we can’t; it’s because we believe we can.” Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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