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512px-Defense.gov_photo_essay_110217-F-0929W-0438Sometimes it seems like the hardest part of writing is picking a title. You spend months, if not years, writing your manuscript and then you must select a handful of words that will attract a reader to your story. Agent Rachelle Gardner has a fantastic post with tips to help you title your book. If you are struggling to find the best title for your work, I suggest you check out the post.

Once you have selected a title Ms. Gardner suggests that you ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the tone of the title match the tone of the book?
  • Does it convey the right genre (including time period if applicable)?
  • Would it attract attention?
  • If the book were spine-out on the shelf (so the cover and sub-title were not visible) would it still attract attention?
  • Would a reader have any idea what the book is about just from the title?

Want to know if your title has bestseller potential? Lulu.com has created a scientific program to determine just that.

Simply enter your novel title in the field at the top of the page.¬†Use the drop-down menus to choose the variables which best describe the attributes of your title.¬†Click “Analyze my title!”

Score represents the percentage chance of its being a number one hit. Results are between 9% and 83% chance of bestseller success.

When all is said and done, the publisher is usually responsible for the final decision on title. But if you’ve done your work well, it will be the title you selected on the cover.

Happy Writing,

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the sidewalk.



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What are the odds?

Some may call it a coincidence, others could call it serendipitous or even spooky. But I think it was meant to be.

Last week I received three links for articles from three different people on three different topics. This is not an uncommon occurrence, but what made them stand out is that they all came from the same site.


Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner has put together a fantastic site chock full of great information on a variety of publishing related topics. These topics include: Advice for New Authors, How to Get Published and How Do I Decide? An information guide on traditional vs. self publishing.

Taking a closer look at my own computer, I noticed that I had at least six more pages from this site saved. This site is a fantastic resource.

So if you are new to publishing or just searching for the current trends in this ever changing industry, be sure to check out Rachelle’s site. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Happy Writing,

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk


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I know how to polish writing. To make it shiny and bright. I can fix tenses. I can punctuate. I can find power verbs to replace wimpy words. I can whittle and tighten.

I can spit and polish.

Spit and Polish: extreme attention to cleanliness, orderliness, smartness of appearance, and ceremony often at the expense of operational efficiency

Yep, that’s me.

I am waist-deep in a big revision. Big chunks–several chapters at a time–are going by the wayside. Cut. Chopped. Dumped. Gone gone gone.

Oh how they shine in my cut file. Word by word, they are pretty. But that’s not what the story needs right there.

I squirmed a bit when I read agent Rachelle Gardner’s post on craft vs. story yesterday.

But hopefully I’m learning to put away the rag (and spit) and to concentrate on the story.

All writers MUST read this amazing poem by author Kate Messner.

Do I need to say it again?

All writers MUST read this amazing poem by author Kate Messner.

And then, write.

Sarah Wones Tomp



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