Huh, where did I go? Must have had a packet of writing due for school or something…
So, I like to think I’m pretty good with titles. A lot of time, a story doesn’t click for me until I really feel I’ve got the title. Since I have yet to have anything published, and there is always the chance that my titles secretly suck, it would be nice to have some concrete way to measure how good a title really was. Would it be nice if somewhere out there on various tubes and wires of the Internet if someone could figure out a scientific way to measure how good a title really…
What? Such a place does exist?
Yes, Lulu’s Titlescorer will take your title and measure it against 50 years worth of bestsellers, analyize it, crunch some numbers, and in the blink of an eye lay out for you what percent of a chance your title has of becoming a bestseller.
And if a bestseller title is anything to guage by, then this is foolproof!
Actually, every title I enter scores under 20%, which I consider a good thing. When I think of the titles that stick out in my mind it isn’t always bestsellers that pop up. In fact, I was having a hard time coming up with anything that hadn’t been made into Major Motion Pictures. Snow Falling on Cedars rated a 39.5% chance of success, Blindness came up 35.9%. Ooo, wait! Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist garnered… 14.6%. Say, that’s in the realm of one of my titles. Let’s try An Abundance of Katherines: 26.3%.
Look! You can have titles battle it out! Oh, no, wait, that feature doesn’t seem to work. It would have been fun to pit a Harry Potter book against A Clockwork Orange to see what would happen.
I wonder what a low-scoring (like under 5%) title looks like.