I have a new story "At the Café Sabarsky" at Beat to a Pulp. Thanks to David and Elaine once again.
Charles Gramlich is wrestling with various ideas for a title for his new book. I am always wrestling with titles, too. What makes a good book or story title? Is a title even important? What is the best book title you've ever heard? Was the book as good as the title? Or did the quality of the book enhance the title?
I prefer titles that describe the book and are short. I am too old to remember titles like: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
I also like place names for titles: Gorky Park, Starvation Lake, L.A. Confidential, Miami Blues, Shelter Island, Mystic River, Fargo. Setting is important.
What do you think about titles? Did a title alone ever make you buy a book? Did a poor title put you off?