Dec 26 2008

Titles that Sold

Published by at 8:03 am under Titles

This is a list of the top 35 bestselling paperback mass-market novels.  Afterwards, I have some observations about the titles as a whole.

The Appeal
The Pagan Stone
T is for Trespass
The Sixth Target
A Prisoner of Birth
Dead Until Dark
Double Cross
The Darkest Evening of the Year
Duma Key
Dead After Dark
The Venetian Betrayal
The Manning Grooms
The 47th Samurai
Club Dead
Love by Design
Zen and the Art of Vampires
Dead to the World
The Chase
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
Dead as a Doornail
Small Town Christmas
The Hollow
Santa Fe Dead
All Together Dead
The Outlaw Demon Wails
The Road
When the Duke Returns
Blood Dreams
Book of the Dead
The Arctic Event
Blue Heaven
Kill Zone
Foul Play
A Stone Creek Christmas

One-word titles are very rare among the bestsellers. Excluding the word “the,” only four titles had just one word (The Appeal, The Chase, The Hollow and The Road).

None of the titles used a character name.

None of the titles used any fictional words.

Many of the titles relied on the element of danger. (Kill Zone, Foul Play, the eight titles with the word “dead,” etc).

Very few of these titles are head-scratchers.

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