Is it the title? A book must have an eye-catching title, mustn't it? Something that captivates perhaps?
Is it the cover? Does it have to have an enthralling photo? Does the colour matter?
I must admit that what catches my eye most of the time is the title, cover is only second. Most of time the cover doesn't really matter to me as long as I like the summary on the back cover. But the title must get my attention first.
This, for me, is a perfect title and cover.
My judgement is not always right of course. I do make a mistake of getting a book that I think is good and end up not being able to finish it because the first 3 chapters aren't interesting enough for me. But then again, I must mention that there were cases when I chose the right books! Take for example Diane Chamberlain's Breaking the Silence (see above). I loved the title. I loved the cover. And it did not disappoint! It was a story that I both enjoyed and loved. (I've posted a book review on this one, click HERE.) Would you say it was a perfect package? I'd say it was. Maybe for my taste. It all depends on one's taste at the end of the day, doesn't it?
The cover is just so heavenly. Ahhh!
How about a good cover? The perfect example here is Sister by Rosamund Lupton. I did not choose it for the title. I got it because of the fascinating cover! It just looks so immaculate to me. I mean I could just put that cover in a frame and I've got a beautiful winter scene on my desk. The story is even better!
It is a lot easier to say 'oh I like that title' or 'oh, I'll get that, the cover intrigues me' when you are a reader but when you are the one writing the story and it is your own manuscript you are finding a title for, it is a different kettle of fish. There are words that don't sound catching to me, words that for others would probably sound interesting.
I'm currently working on a novel which I originally called 'When I Close my Eyes.' It began as a short story which I submitted to a writing competition (which sadly did not win), now it's turned into a novel. My writer/editor friend suggested the new title, Voice of Silence. When I first saw her email and I read it out loud, it just sounded so perfect. It felt right. But that's just me. I don't know if it sounds right to other people.
So I will have to ask these questions:
As a reader, do you look for an eye-catching title to make you get the book?
As a writer, how do you decide on the title of your manuscript? Do you follow your instinct? Does it have to feel right?
My Book Give-away!
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