Jul 30 2008

Writing Tip of the Day: Avoid Symbolic Animals in Titles

Published by at 3:25 pm under Titles,Writing Articles

I wouldn’t recommend putting an animal in your title unless the animal actually features prominently in your book. No matter how obvious you think it is that Corporate Wolf is not actually about a Canis lupis, the red herring will throw off at least a few (and possibly many) of your readers.  It would probably be worth your time to take out the animal name, particularly if your book will be on a shelf with fantasy or science fiction offerings.

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  1. niotpodaon 16 Mar 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I agree ‘Corporate Wolf’ makes me think of a comedic fantasy starring an actual wolf who is trying to work his way up the corporate ladder.

    Come to think of it, I love that idea.

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