I’ve been playing with the Lulu title tester.
Type in the title of your book to be and the tester will calculate the percentage chance you have of your tome being a best seller. That is if you finish writing it, get accepted by an agent, get it accepted by a publisher…
Anyway, the first stumbling block for a Hackney comprehensive educated girl such as myself is the series of questions they ask after you have keyed in the title.
Figurative or Literal? OK I get this. To Kill A Mocking Bird vs The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. But then the next question asks…
‘Title grammar type is a’ with a drop down of many options including ‘possessive case with noun’ and ‘noun modified by verb or place.’ Somebody pass me the Valium.
Do I need to know these things to be a writer? Should I admit that I don’t?
My book, Hard Very Severe, came out as 63.7% chance of being a bestselling title, so I’m off to the bookies, though The Bible scored 35.9% and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scrapped 14.6%. Though they do say, ‘the Lulu Titlescorer should, in practice, always be combined with use of your own low-tech judgement.’
Sex Sex Sex scores 63.7% as a ‘Figurative’ title, but only 35.9% if ‘Literal’. What does that mean? Sex only sells if it’s symbolic? (BTW, No comments on my choice of title please. It was a random choice of word, or somethin.)
I wonder if symbolic sex is any good?