I’ve read several articles about how to create a title for a novel, but none of them prepared me for what I’ve experienced.
My first nonfiction book was titled “Don’t Be Give Up.” This is what my Grandma told me in broken English when I’d complain that a task was too hard. Unfortunately when a reader tried to get the book on Amazon.com, they corrected the grammar and sent the reader to books titled Don’t Give Up. I called Amazon.com and a representative fixed it for only a short time, but the only way a reader can find the book now is to type in my full name.
I had better luck with my latest book, Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or a Book. The title intrigues readers and they ask questions and gives me an opportunity to talk about the book. When one of my former students came to the
her mother told her, “I brought you to the best country in the world. Make a
choice. Fall in love with an orange tree or a book.” In other words, spend your
life working in the fields or get an education. My former student chose to get
an education and is now the Director of Migrant Education for our school
After my experience with “Don’t Be Give Up,” I’ll avoid ungrammatical titles, but I really want to write a book about my experiences teaching English and title it: Thank you for Learning me my English. This is what a student wrote in my yearbook the first year I taught. The title certainly gets the readers’ attention, but will they be able to find the book?
Post by Shirley Hickman, Author of
Fall in Love with an Orange Tree Or a Book