The oft quoted Shakespearean sentiment “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” may be veritable truth. However, as book sales go, it may not necessarily apply.
Galley Cat, with its finger on the pulse of the publishing industry, has developed a lovely tool called the LuLu Title Scorer. Using statistical data based on the success of novels published between 1955 and 2004, LuLu will predict the success of your novel based upon its title. If you are throwing ideas around about what to call this year’s word baby, hop over and give them a spin.
Last year I was going to call my novel ‘Pro Re Nata’, thinking it sounded so much cooler than the more well known abbreviation ‘PRN’. But after running both ideas past LuLu, I learned that, statistically, Pro Re Nata had a success forecast of 26%, while PRN was a much more robust 44%. Because my efforts from last year are moldering away on my hard drive, I may never be able to test the validity of this prediction, but it made me feel better.
Give it a spin and see what you think.
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