I came across an interesting resource and wanted to share it with you. Lulu.com, one of the platforms for self-publishers, has a tool that claims to help you find a best-selling title for your book. So, I played around with it for a while. I discovered that titles starting with a proper noun, such as a person’s name, score several times higher than titles with anything else as the first word, at least with all of the titles I entered. Your mileage may vary. If your findings are different, please let me know in the comments.
Find a great title for your book
Lulu’s title scorer kept giving me scores of around 10% to 20% chance that the title I entered would be a best-selling title, so I entered a few best-selling titles, books that I know have sold millions of copies and have ended up on the New York Times bestsellers list. The percent chances that the widget gave on those were amusing.
Platform: Get Noticed in a Busy World, by Michael Hyatt, only scored 6.5% Wow. That’s lower than any of the titles I entered for my books, and he was the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers.
The 4-Hour Workweek scored about 10%. Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love scored the same.
Is Lulu’s title scorer broken, or is it just for novels?
So I tried some bestselling novels. Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep scored 45.6%
The Book of Life scored 41.4%
Invisible and The Heist both scored a 35.9% chance of being a bestseller.
It seems that the title scorer really is geared more toward fiction. It does say “your novel” on the page, so that stands to reason. I had hoped it would apply equally to nonfiction, as that’s what I write much more.
Then I put in some of my own potential titles for novels. Some of them scored over 55%. That’s the best I could get, though, but I guess that’s not too bad, considering that some actual bestsellers scored much lower. I still wonder if there’s any validity to that title-scoring tool. I guess the only way to tell for sure is to test them, which will happen eventually.
In the meantime, though, you might want to test some of your own titles! Let me know how it goes, please.