Welcome to the final e-learning module of the How to Write the Next CanLit Bestseller™ program. In this module, you will learn how to choose a title for your CanLit Bestseller™.
If you have successfully completed Modules 1 through 5, you should now have a 224-page novel with the following basic elements: a family secret; a harsh and unforgiving landscape (yes, Toronto qualifies) that you describe as “harsh” and “unforgiving” in your back cover copy; and a scene in which your characters, immigrant or otherwise, eat pakoras in Cornerbrook, NL.
For those of you writing women’s fiction, double-check that your female protagonist spends a significant amount of time washing dishes and looking out her kitchen window, wondering how it all might have been different. Bonus points if she is looking at a wheat field!
(If, after reviewing your manuscript, you find that you have inadvertently written a collection of short stories, please note that you are no longer writing a CanLit Bestseller™, and our satisfaction-or-money-back guarantee does not apply.)
We understand that you may already have a unique, intriguing, and plot-appropriate title in mind. If so, forget it. Stick to a variation on an existing bestseller. Recall Module 4: “Piggyback Your Way to Success”; there is pleasure in repetition and familiarity. This is why Robert Ludlum is still writing thrillers, even though he died in 2001.