Help Pick the Title of My Ebook

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So, I’m writing an ebook.

Last night, I finished the first draft, which I wrote entirely by hand. I thought this would help me avoid the distractions of the Internet, but mostly I hated it. Writing with a pen sucks. And that’s why my first draft is more of a really bloated outline – but, it is finished.

I’d love to include you guys in the process and solicit your help.

The working title for the ebook is Owning It: How to take responsibility for your own happiness.

I like it, and it’s a pretty accurate description of what the reader can expect to get out of it. However, I’d also love to hear if you have any other ideas (for the title, not the subject.)

Hit me with it!

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  1. daniel says:

    Owning Your Happiness
    daniel’s most recent post: New Additions

  2. Carly says:

    Hey, congratulations! That’s awesome! I don’t have any good title ideas right off the top…BUT my HUMBLE suggestion would be to shift “how to take responsibility” to “claiming it/how to take or gain control” or “it is within your power,” etc. I think people are often too scared or lazy to “take responsibility.” They want to believe it’s easier, so I’d say even though it’s not, maybe it’s not necessary to underscore that in the title. Hope that is helpful. Again, congratulations! What a great accomplishment! Keep at it, lady!

  3. Megan says:

    I keep hearing “Hide and Seek” in my head, but I can’t get the tag.

    I think I like your title just fine. :)
    Megan’s most recent post: Cupcake Days

  4. fiwa says:

    I don’t have any good title suggestions – just wanted to say “good for you & good luck”. :)

  5. Becca says:

    I think it is awesome that you are writing a book!! I don’t really have ideas for a title, but I wanted to drop in and say congratulations! :)

  6. Allyson says:

    Maybe you should invest in a typewriter. No internet, all the joy of typing.

    I got nothing on the title. sorry.

  7. Jb says:

    good for you!
    Owning Happiness
    Your Step by Step Guide to living a happier and blah blah

    Your Happy Self
    A Guide to…

    Get happy, stay happy

    Happiness a day at a time

  8. I agree with JB. Less is more and, when it comes to non-fiction/self-help books, the more descriptive you can be in the least amount of words, the better you are. Also, it leaves more room for art on your cover. ;p
    Nancy at Spinning My Plates’s most recent post: Worst Day Ever

  9. Poppy says:

    Honestly, I think you nailed it.

  10. I really like the simplicity of Daniel’s idea: Owning Your Happiness.

  11. Liz says:

    Sweet! This must be the big news you were talking about. I’m so excited for you (and can’t wait to pick up a copy)!

    I have a super hard time with titles. It took me over a year to come up with a title for what will hopefully be my next novel.

    I love the idea of writing by hand to cut distractions. I am terrible with stopping “just for a second” to do something; an hour later, I’ve been all over the internet.
    Liz’s most recent post: I Just Might Burn This Damn Novel (Work in Progress Woes)

  12. Nicole P. says:

    Congrats on writing an ebook!

    I like the working title. I can’t really improve on it.
    Nicole P.’s most recent post: Nearly Wordless Wednesday

  13. Kathy says:

    I’m sure you know that titles have to give a nod to SEO without being so dependent on it that the title loses its unique ability to tease the buyer to want to know more.
    “Owning It” doesn’t stand on its own; (too vague); “Your Happy Self” “A Guide to …. “Get Happy Stay Happy” “Happiness A Day At A Time” are excellent phrases to play around with.
    I’ll bet that somewhere in your handwritten outline, uh, draft are some other key phrases that will help you to shape your title. (for the tag line, think long tail SEO). Had you thought about using the phrase “In Pursuit of…” anywhere in the title?
    The tried and true way to nail a title (sometimes) is to sit with a few of your best buds over a bottle of wine, and urge each other to come up with as many variations of your original title as possible. Asking for comments is also good, but lacks the spontaneity of flesh and blood creative minds.
    Kathy’s most recent post: Black Cat With Yellow Eyes

  14. Jason says:

    Heya Britt,
    I think the title is great. I thought about for a minute and realized you can’t fix it if it isn’t broke. Well, tell that to me 3 year old boy. I’ve learned you can fix it if it isnt’ broken, but it will just end up broken. I look forward to the final product. Take care,

    Jason
    Jason’s most recent post: Boy And Girl Baby Names

  15. Linne says:

    “Owning Happiness” (with subtitle ‘being responsible for yours’) or (…for your own’)
    just a thought . . . am really enjoying your blog, but have not had time to respond as fully as I would have liked. ~ Linne
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