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You've signed your contract. Now's a great time to reflect on your title. Does it really work? If not, it's not too late to change it.
Remember to move articles to the end of your title. For example, The Zen Way of Counselling should be Zen Way of Counselling, The
Some distributors, like NBN, who we work with in America, require a subtitle to be added for ALL books. For fiction, the North American trade like to have the subtitle "A Novel" included as standard. If you're offered a contract and you accept it, ultimately, the decision lies with the publisher.
For more advice on subtitles click here.
Make you sure check if your title has the right Keywords. The right keywords and phrases in your title, subtitle, blurb and Keyword box (on your Marketing page) greatly increase your visibility on search engines such as Google, Amazon, Apple and LibraryThing. As most people “shop” for books on line, this is crucial to your book's success. If you've written a book that teaches reiki and someone searches for “book on how to do reiki” and your book does not show up on the first 1-3 pages of results, potential readers are not going to find it.
You can change the title yourself, on your Book Details page.
You can change your title up to the point when you have uploaded your final, copyedited manuscript to the Production page. Then it is "locked," and your access to your title box on your Book Details is removed.
And it's not a good idea to leave it that late, anyway.
In rare cases, once the contract is signed, we may change your title or subtitle (or add a subtitle) if we feel it doesn't do a good enough job of selling your book.
Once the information has gone out to the trade with the title, we cannot change it. We cannot publish a revised edition later with a different title; there are too many problems with people asking for the previous title and not being able to find it.