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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Which words should not be capitalized in Title Case?

I would need a list of all words that are not capitalized in English titles. I would also like to make sure if it's true, that all first and last words of a title are capitalized no matter what. I'd ...
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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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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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How much influence do authors have on the titles of their books?

The background to my question: I have always assumed that authors choose their titles, because I consider them an important part of the book, but then I read interviews with some authors who had a ...
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How to come up with a good title?

I'm done with my first novel, and I'm about to start writing to agents/publishers. The only detail I don't have yet is a good title! I have a couple of ideas but both suck. I had the illusion that ...
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Should I care if my short story has the same title as someone else's book?

It appears to be a pretty obscure book. It's on Amazon, but there are no descriptions or reviews. From the cover, I'd say it was a kids book, which would put it in a different market. Let's assume ...
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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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Verb tense for technical document titles

I'm writing a technical manual about creating database systems, and wondered what is the best verb tense for title names. My ideas are: Continuous (-ing) form: (e.g. "Creating a Cluster", "Creating ...
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ISBN - is it possible to have one and a title before publishing?

i am currently writing a book but would like to know if i can pre register an ISBN and Book title. I am little concerned someone might call their book the same as mine before i finish it. So i really ...
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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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Is there a book title generator that takes an input and outputs plausible titles with related words?

There are a couple book title generators out there (Google will find them for you). Unfortunately, none of them seem to take any input. That is, they all generate titles by assembling words from a ...
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What's a good title to a presentations' table of contents?

This is a professional presentation, I'm looking for a good title for the ToC page (some humor allowed). What I have so far is "What am I going to talk about", which frankly kind of sucks. Your ...
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Is it a bad idea to use a culture-specific word in the title of a story?

I wrote a short story long ago called The End of the World. I thought the title was too common so I renamed it to The Kid with the Gigaku Mask and the End of the World. But then, I found that title to ...
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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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How to choose the title for a tales book?

I'm publishing a tales book and I don't have a title for it. It's not for children and it's in spanish. update: These are the titles of the tales: El hijo del escritor Celular El pelo en el jabón ...
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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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What's the most marketable title?

I am writing a novel about someone being chased by the Russian Mafia. A hitman is sent to save her and that's where the books takes off. I have way too many titles floating in my brain - three to be ...
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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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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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Hyphen or en-dash

What is the correct dash usage when naming a title? I have an essay with the title: The success factors for successful e-commerce - A Linux-based e-commerce platform from an economic perspective ...
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Should subsection headings sometimes repeat section headings?

In a technical or scientific text, such as a PhD thesis, should headings for (sub)sections be complete and sometimes repeat information from the headings of the levels above, or is it sufficient to ...
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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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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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Is this title suitable for a chapter section?

Suppose I am writing a chapter about some deep technical subject (say, for instance, "boolean variables"). This theme is riddled with idiosyncrasies and misunderstandings, so I would like to present ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Title Choice: “The Girl [Without/Who Didn't Have] A Soul”

I titled a short story "The Girl without a Soul". But recently I've been thinking on naming it "The Girl who didn't have a Soul." Do they mean exactly the same thing? Is there an advantage to using ...
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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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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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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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Does the word “Its” get a capital in The Economist Style title case?

I need some help on the topic of title case following the Economist Style Guide. Does the possessive pronoun "its" get a capital in Economist style title case or not. There was a recent headline "...
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Dropping articles in the title (of a article or a section) or in the caption (of a figure or a table)? What's the general rule?

It is said that "To give added punch, articles are often dropped in the titles" source: http://www.davidappleyard.com/english/articles.htm Is there any general rule or reference about dropping ...
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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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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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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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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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Are headlines about lists superior in print as they are in web content?

A common tactic for capturing attention is using a headline N something for something For example on Copyblogger some headlines: 10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas That Work The 5 Things Every (...
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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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Will the word “seek” be associated with the word “sick” if it is present in the title of my book?

I'm planning to title a book "Taiwan Seek." The book is about starting a classified ads website in Taiwan. So I thought about short words that are related to classified ads: want, seek, looking for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can section headings in a paper be questions?

I searched and didn't see an answer to this. I'm writing a research paper using MLA, but I would be interested to know the answer to this for other styles as well. My question is whether 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 ...
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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 ...