Monthly Archives: March 2012

If you are struggling with a Book Title, you are in luck

Writing a book is the easy bit. Coming up with a good title for it – much harder. Take Leo Tolstoy, for example. He went through titles like “The Year 1805” and “All’s Well That Ends Well” (really?) before settling on “War and Peace”. And even that he “borrowed” from a guy he knew.

As you can see, sometimes even the best of writers get stuck on coming up with a good book title. To help them get unstuck, I’ve wrote a few suggestions:

 

Buk of speling erors

Little Red Book of Adam Smith

Capitalist Manifesto

Facts from around the World you didn’t know because you are stupid

Title by an Author

Chicken soup for your feet

Tank Tops are for the Wicked

The life and music of Elvis Presley After the Retirement

If you read this Title, than you can read!

From Here to There in six easy lessons

War and more War

The Tao of Whatever

Singing Along with your Cat

Encyclopedia Britannica Abridged, Six Pages Edition

How to bore women into sleeping with you, the ultimate pick-up manual

My Struggle with a Bucket

How to become Fabulous on a $6.59 a Day Budget

Get out of Debt, Get out of Here

The Bell tolls for you, Silly

The book of Extra Words

Symphony of Pharts

Stoners of the World, Unite or Whatever!

Princes One-Brow

Sailing around the world in a plane

Tentative, Superfluities and other words I can’t spell

Urban Myths, Obfuscated

The book of words in Italic

How to say “I” in one hundred and seventeen languages

Terminal Torrent of Trivial Trifles

The Obvious Observations of the Ordinary

How to Write and Publish a Sentence

Kittens, Baby Seals and Other Tasty Ingredients

The Book of Cliffhangers with Pictures of Actual Cliffs

Popular Sayings of Unpopular People

Strength through Sitting

The Cogitating Book of Cerebration

Tentative Wonderings on Fleeting Flatteries

Where Cows come to Rust

 

 
Please feel free to use any of the above titles. Let me know if you need more – I’ll be happy to write them when I get a couple of minutes to spare.

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Twitter – Playing the Bigger Game

Last time I wrote about Tweeting @ – tweeting something you wanted to be Re-Tweeted while adding Twitter names of people you want to Re-Tweet it in your post.

To see if it works, I’ve immediately ran an experiment. I’ve Tweeted @ seven of my followers a link to an article on my blog with a request to Re-Tweet. I’ve already done numerous Mentions and Re-Tweets for them so I wanted to see if I’ll be reciprocated for my good deeds. I sent the message on Friday and did not touch my Twitter account till Tuesday the following week.

The results were: one person out of the seven I’ve asked has Re-Tweeted my message – thanks @TheBudgetnista ! One other person has clicked on the link but didn’t Re-Tweet it.

This is most interesting. It appears that I’ve been playing Tit-for-Tat with people who are not consciously aware of my existence. They didn’t make a move most likely because they weren’t aware they’ve been playing the game.

My first interpretation of the results were that perhaps @TheBudgetnista, who has a relatively small amount of Followers compared to the other people I Tweeted @ were more likely to notice my message. Then I recalled that some time ago I have left an Amazon review for her book The One Week Budget and Tweeted about it.

What it means is that in the past I had made a move that was stronger than simply Tweeting @; I just hadn’t realized that I made it.

Sociologists call a move like this “Creating a Weak Connection.” In other words, I might not have made a friend but I most certainly made a bit of an impression. A small favor that would make your message stand out just a bit more than the rest in the hail of Tweets that comes the way of a favor recipient.

This leads me to think that perhaps playing a Bigger Game than simply Tweeting, Re-Tweeting, Mentioning, etc. is better in the long run.

If you are a writer, write a review for someone whose book you’ve read, post it and Tweet about it. You write for a living, shouldn’t take you much time, right? Mention the author’s Tweeter handle in the Tweet. The chances that your effort will be reciprocated sometime in the future should increase by manifold.

At least, that’s my experience so far. If I run into evidence to the contrary, I’ll let you know.


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