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I recently had some trouble with the title of my new book. I picked one before I started writing, but I wasn't completely happy with it. The title was a literal description of the book. It was too "on the nose," if you will. Halfway through the writing process, I came up with a different title. It wasn't as literal, but it still fit the story. When I typed the last line of the book, I was struck with another idea for the title. I felt like it was the best choice, and I was happy with it.

 

But just because I was happy doesn't mean I was confident it was the right choice. What is a writer to do? I turned to my friends on Facebook and asked for their advice. They gladly offered their opinions and a few even wanted to know more about the book. Two of them are now reading the first draft. By reaching out to my social network for a little help, they came through for me in more ways than one. They confirmed that the last title was the best of the three. They provided me with my first opportunity to pitch the book and refine my description, and finally, they are providing me with feedback on the actual book.

 

By involving your community, you can plant the first seeds of buzz. Engaging your blog readers and friends on social networks in the writing process makes them aware that you have a new book coming soon. Most likely, they'll then expect updates on the book's progress from that point on, which can start building your readership early and also hold you accountable to finish that manuscript. When it comes to raising awareness about your newest title, it's never too early to get a little help from your friends.

 

-Richard

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

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Nov 11, 2015 1:13 PM 6060    says:

Excellent point Richard. I recently circulated four different cover photo options for the cover of my new book, "Will Power", to about fifty of my friends and readers for their vote. The response was unexpectedly large and one of the photos was the overwhelming choice of the group. It's a win-win! Paul.