Questions tagged [titles]

For questions about problems you encounter while working on the title of your literary work, such as legal questions about the copyright, style questions about capitalizing words in the title, process questions about finding a title that fits your work or questions about the influence of a publisher on the title of your work.

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Can we use a title that alludes the opposite of what we're arguing for?

Let's say you decide to claim that time is absolute and not relative as Einstein said. Can you still use a title like "Einstein's time", "Relativity of time", "The geometry of time", "Time dilatation",...
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Why are one-word titles so dominant in books, film, and games?

Something I talk about with friends when planning and sharing our projects & media we like is titles - and specifically my disdain for one-word titles. They seem to be more than dominant in ...
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Using a prominent phrase from the title of a film in the body of an article, essay or paper, without referencing the title

I'll start with a clear example. You are writing an essay about the film The Wizard of Oz. Following the rules of titles, you put the film title in italics whenever you use it. But then you use the ...
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Is it the right call to title my romance a 'legend'?

I am writing a book and I plan to call it "Legend of (name of the protagonist)". But I'm writing in first person (protagonist). Searching the meaning of the word "legend" in google I get: "a ...
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Do I need to change the title of my book because it is similar to the Transformers Universe?

I used the name Primus and Primes for my book and these are from the transformers universe. My concept is totally different. Is this a copyright infringement? I introduced a secret society named "...
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Is it confusing to name a chapter after a non-POV character?

I've got another chapter title question. In the first chapter of my story, a significant secondary character is introduced, and I think it makes sense to use the character's name as the chapter title....
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Using quote as title - disadvantages

There are multiple examples of works of fiction using for their title a quote from another famous work: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and more. The ...
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Reusing story title as chapter title

I've come up with a good title for my story, but it would also work really well as the title for the first chapter. However, I wonder whether it's at all advisable to do that. Do other stories do that?...
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Can I use a TV sitcom name as part of my book title

I would like to use the title of a TV sitcom in the title of my book. How do I find out if this is without legal ramifications?
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Changing titles, same story different angle

I have written a piece stemming from an idea about a particular process that leads to the attainment of magical abilities. The working title was written for the small, 250 word, treatise that I used ...
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How do I write a long title in APA?

I'm writing a science paper for school, and my teacher said I need a short title (running title) and a long title that uses active voice (a sentence). How do I write the long title? The short title ...
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Is a tag line useful on a cover?

I am playing around with cover art ideas and have some that are quite interesting. I have added a brief tag line, not quite a subtitle, to the cover to indicate the genre. Frankly, the artistic photo ...
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Shortening a title without changing its meaning

Essentially, I want to change: Managing a lot of people is a very difficult problem to: Lot of people, difficult problem I understand that when you shorten a title, it will become more vague, ...
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Would publishers accept a title which includes the F-word?

I have a title for a novel, however, it would lose its zeitgeist if I couldn't include the F-word. I can't go in to details without giving away the title. Would this limit the potential audience ...
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Reversing title and subtitle in foreign edition

I am publishing a book with an American publisher. My contract allows me to make a separate contract with one particular foreign publisher for a translation in his language. That foreign publisher ...
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How to search for titles of novels that are or begin with a word or phrase previously used as the title of many nonfictional works?

Say I have a possible title for a novel I am writing, and it's a word or phrase that has been used in the title of quite a large number of nonfictional works, sometimes as the whole of the title. But ...
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Indexing a long title with multiple parts and “The” at the beginning

In indexing a lengthy, clumsy title like this: The Orphans, The First Day: The Blue Sedan I'm wondering where the ", The" should be placed: Orphans, The, The First Day: The Blue Sedan ...
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How do I finish my stories although I have both ideas and titles for them?

Almost every day I come up with new titles and rough ideas for new books to write. I e-mail them to myself, happy and longing to write them down. I have published two books, and I know I can write. ...
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Is Having Two Titles Bad Style?

In older literature - mostly 19th century - I noticed a common tendency to provide two alternative titles for a text. One example I just came across is: Varney the Vampire; or, the Feast of Blood ...
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What is the correct way to print song lyrics on a gravestone?

I need to know the correct way to quote a song lyric on a stone that is to be placed in a memorial garden. The first part of the song is in quotation because that's the way it's written in the ...
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How do I label a graphic novel series?

Similar to the issues brought up in Structuring a novel like a television or graphic novel series, I'm adjusting a saga I'd conceived as an animated TV series of ~42min episodes, 13 episodes per ...
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Book Series - Is using 'Volume #' OK (with no book name)

I've written a book (the first in a series) and am getting read to Kindle Direct Publish the book. While I do have a good name for the world and series, I am having a hard time coming up with the name ...
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New story in 'same universe'. When is it a sequel? How to title?

This is a two-part question, and I hope that's okay. 1. Would it classify as a sequel I've created a 'universe' in which one main story takes place so far. This will presumably be my first book. It ...
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“ The doctor spirit 'Dr. Tom' ” - possible book title? [closed]

I have written a book about a medical doctor who died. This doctor's spirit however comes back and takes control of normal, random people to continue his medical profession. Hence, the spirit is a ...
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Titles as Real Estate [closed]

For a piece that I’m writing, I’m looking for the titles of well known of literature that could double as the heading of a real estate listing. I’ve come up with: As You Like It Wind in the ...
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Is putting Heaven in my book title a bad idea if the book isn't religious?

I have a really good title for this book, but I'm scared it implies the book is religious when it's really not. The title is "The Only Way To Heaven Is Up." It mostly focuses on people overcoming ...
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System for Coming up With a Good Title

I have come up with a way to make it easier for myself and others to come up with titles. I am in need of advice to tell me whether or not if it is a good system for coming up with a title for a sci-...
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Use of “salesy” secondary titles on Amazon

I was looking at the sales rankings on Amazon today with my publisher and he pointed out that all of the self-published best sellers have a short title then a semi-colon followed by a pitch line (see ...
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Too Long for Title/Subtitle?

I was considering naming my book "Cherry on Top." However, because this may be hard to search for on Google, I was going to add a subtitle. Perhaps make the full title/subtitle "Cherry on Top: Not so ...
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A different question regarding titling a novel - Edited

THIS QUESTION HAS BEEN EDITED: KEEPS ORIGINAL TITLE TO MAKE SENSE OF EXISTING ANSWERS, BUT I'M ADDING THE FOLLOWING: I do somewhat regret choosing "farmers" as my fake title, since most people ...
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Need help titling my book? [closed]

So... I'm writing a book that takes place in an alternate world. In this world, there are a bunch of islands that align with the star sign constellations (Ex: Gemini, Sagittarius, etc.) the island ...
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Books with similar titles

I wrote a book and after publishing it, went to search for its availability. That's when I discovered that another book written 8 years ago has the same title. My title, unlike the other one, includes ...
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A tale of noun?

I'm trying to write a blog under the heading "A tale of happiness". The problem is that it sounds odd and almost all the heading that sound right have "two $NOUN" format (in case of common nouns) ...
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How to create a title

I am at a dilemma, as I cannot title my novel. So I created these questions. What creates a good title for a novel? What should I include/not include in my title? At the moment, I have come up with '...
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Coming up with Chapter titles

What are some of the criteria for a chapter title (In a fictional novel)? How deep should a chapter title be, what should it try to convey, and how important is it that these things be met? Also, ...
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Is same content different titles allowed (or sensible)?

In the software world, it's easy to do A/B testing where a website introduces two versions of the same information to test which one users prefer. I'm wondering if it's possible to do something ...
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Strategy, tactics, and resources to refine the niche and title for a self-help book

Am trying to do due diligence to find the niche for a self-help book. I "get" the general idea of whether to piggyback or avoid popular titles, being exquisitely specific about your reader, and ...
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Title already taken

I'm writing a novel, and I think I've come up with a very good title (The Power of the Powerless). It convey's the moral question of the story well, and gives a good sense of the style of the story. ...
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Wording of comparing X vs Y and X vs Z but not X vs Y vs Z

As per the title I compared my system against two other systems separately but I'm worried about it coming across as that it was a three way comparison. Neither of the below titles convey what I want ...
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Can the title of a book be slightly modified on the cover?

For example, the real title is "Cooking vegetables: Beans, carrots and spinach". But on the cover that would be graphically punchier as: Cooking vegetables: Beans Carrots Spinach ...
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Is it possible to tweak a book title after it's got an ISBN?

We organized an ISBN for a book last year, while it was still in the planning stage. As the book develops, it looks like the title we gave with the ISBN isn't quite right, and another title would be ...
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Naming a book in a language different from where it would be published: is it good?

The book is being written in Portuguese, would it be bad if the name is in English? The name is just "The Awakening". I prefer the title in English because it sounds better than in Portuguese ("O ...
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What's a nice title for a persuasive essay arguing that affirmative action is not helpful? [closed]

What is a good clever title for a persuasive essay against affirmative action? In general, how do you come up with clever titles?
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Cry, the beloved country title meaning [closed]

I'm reading a book in lit class, called Cry, the Beloved Country and I'm not sure what exactly that title is supposed to mean, so: "What does the phrase "Cry, The Beloved Country" mean when used in ...
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Use of ampersand, colon and dash in the title of a newsletter article

Is it correct to use an ampersand and colon in a the title of a newsletter article: Something & Something Else: A Subtitle Or is it more correct to use the word "and" and a dash: Something ...
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Capitalization of Open form Compound Words in Titles

What would be considered proper capitalization of open form compound words in titles? Should the second part of the compound word be capitalized? Why? For example, the capitalization for which ...
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Should I ever repeat the affiliation of a person?

I have not been able to find an existing question similar to mine, but apologies if I've missed one. I write an academic dissertation where I mention a lot of people. The first time someone is ...
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Subtitle for Short Story

Is it considered good practice to include something along the lines of "(a short story)" as the subtitle of my short story? A little more information: my short story is almost 5,000 words long and I ...
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Name of a subsection and its parent section clash

I write a mathematical research monograph. It has a section named "Partially ordered categories". The first subsection (with the most basic properties of partially ordered categories) of this section ...
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Should quotation marks for titles of short works be included as part of link text?

In a hypertext document, when the title of a short work (which is enclosed in quotation marks) is a link should the quotation marks be included as part of the link text? Do common style guides ...