Agent Vickie talks about the important of a good title. This is an excerpt from her blog. To see original blog post click here.
Ever browsed a bookshelf and just HAD to pull out a certain book just based on its title? I’m sure everyone’s done it. What other way can we navigate bookshelves? Read each and every back cover blurb? Well, while that’s essentially what an agent does (query letters are basically back cover blurbs), if I’m swamped with query letters, I’ll peruse the email subject lines until something catches my eye. If something has a title that I just can’t look away from, that one will go to the top of the pile
So make sure your title is eye catching and appropriate to your genre. Not only are you trying to get the attention of your readers once the book is finally published and you have a pretty cover (a subject all its own), the first step is getting the agent’s attention. The time you put into it will be worth it. And make sure you research the title you would like to use: if it’s been used, over used, will remind readers of something completely different, etc.
For your pleasure (and procrastination) here is a compilation of the best book titles (I’m a fan of 6, 10, 16, and 25, though the others shouldn’t be discounted).