So how does one come up with a series title?
I had lists of title ideas, all of which I hated. About the best I could come up with was that I thought Ever After should be part of it, since the series is all about what happens after Happily Ever After and when those endings aren’t so ideal as fairy tales would make them seem.
When choosing a series title, it’s important to keep in mind all the books in the series. Theme is especially helpful. You want a title that meshes with all the books in a series and is yet also evocative in and of itself.
Here are a few ideas that might help, all of which I tried:
1) Jot a list of every possible title that comes to mind and pick the one you like best. (I didn’t like any, so I had to try other things.)
2) Find an element you wish to suggest or evoke and toy with how it’s used. Change its part of speech, try it in different positions in the title, and experiment with means it could suggest.
3) Liberally use a thesaurus. If there’s a word or two that don’t quite fit, but they are on the right path, search the thesaurus. Sometimes seeing a word or following its synonyms can open up possibilities you had never thought of before.
4) This is the one I eventually resorted to. Call your critique partner and beg for help. (This can also work with a writing group, a spouse, or anything who knows your writing.)
My critique partner, Jessi Gage, came up in five minutes what I’d spent hours and hours agonizing over: Embracing Ever After. The reason I liked the title so much was because it included Ever After, the element I felt needed inclusion, because embracing is such a lush word, and because the title conveyed everything I wanted: romance, fairy tales, and action.
What helps you come up with series titles? What are some of your favorite series titles and why?