Create your title, subtitle, and series

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Title and subtitle

Your title is the name of your book. The subtitle is an optional secondary title that follows the first.

A strong title/subtitle combo gives you the chance to directly speak to your target audience—to grab their attention, create expectations, and differentiate your book.

Retailers require book titles to reflect standard capitalization. Here are some capitalization tips:

  • Capitalize the first and last word
  • Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs
  • Dont capitalize articles, conjunctions, or prepositions fewer than five letters long

You can use the handy tool on this website to type in your book title and see how it looks with standard capitalization.

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Series information

A series can be any group of books that share certain characteristics, such as books that tell a single story over multiple titles, or books based on the same concept. 

A series title is the name given to a group of related books. Retailers use your series title to connect the books in your series, so its important to use the same series title for every book in the same series.

The series number assigned to each book determines its order in the series. The first book in your series is 1, followed by 2, and so on. Please use whole numbers greater than 0—retailers won’t recognize that book 3.5 goes between books 3 and 4, for example.

Here are a few ways to name your series:

  • After the first book, like the Twilight saga (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn)
  • After a phrase repeated in every title, like the What to Expect series (including What To Expect When Youre Expecting, What To Expect When Mommys Having a Baby, and What To Expect Before Youre Expecting)
  • Using an original name, like the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)