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How to Choose the Perfect Title and Cover Photo for Your Memoir


Memoirs are a unique way to share your life story with readers. They allow you to reflect on your experiences and share the lessons you’ve learned along the way. But before sharing your story, you need to choose the perfect title and cover photo for your memoir. Here are some tips to help you craft a title and cover photo that will capture your readers’ attention:

1. Start with a Working Title

When you’re starting your memoir, you may not have a clear idea of your final title. That’s okay. Start with a working title that reflects the themes and tone of your story. This can be as simple as ‘My Life Story’ or something more descriptive like ‘From Struggle to Success: A Memoir’. The working title will give you a starting point to build on as you continue writing.

2. Consider Your Audience

Think about who will read your memoir and what will appeal to them. If you’re writing a memoir about overcoming addiction, a title like ‘Breaking Free’ or ‘From Rock Bottom to Recovery’ might be more effective than a generic title. Similarly, choose a cover photo that resonates with your target audience and accurately represents the content of your memoir.

3. Be Creative

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your title. A clever or catchy title can make your memoir stand out and attract readers. Use wordplay, alliteration, or a pun to make your title memorable. For instance, ‘Life, Love, and Llamas’ or ‘Memoirs of a Misfit: Finding My Place in the World’. Just make sure your title accurately represents the content of your memoir.

4. Use Keywords

Consider using keywords in your title to help readers find your memoir when searching online. Think about what topics or themes are prevalent in your memoir and incorporate relevant keywords into your title. For example, if your memoir is about your experience with cancer, use keywords like ‘survivor’ or ‘cancer’ to help potential readers find your book.

5. Keep it Short and Sweet

While you want your title to be eye-catching and descriptive, you also want it to be concise. A long title can be hard to remember and may not fit well on the cover of your book. Aim for a title of no more than five or six words, if possible. This will make it easier for readers to remember and share with others.

6. Test Your Title

Before settling on a title for your memoir, test it out on friends, family, or even strangers. Ask for their honest feedback and see if the title resonates with them. You can also post your potential title on social media and see how people react. That way, you will know how your target audience will receive your title and help you make necessary adjustments.

7. Choose the Right Cover Photo

The cover of your memoir is the first thing readers will see, so be sure to choose the right photo. Think about what image will best represent your story. It could be a photo of yourself or something related to the themes of your memoir. Also, make sure the image is high-quality and fits the dimensions required by your publisher.

In Summary

Your title and cover photo are the first things readers will see, so they need to capture their attention and make them want to read more. Start with a working title, consider your audience, be creative, use keywords, keep it short and sweet, test your title, and choose the right cover photo. With these tips, you can write a memoir that readers will love.

At Maple Publishers, we can help you with all aspects of your memoir, from editing and design to publishing and marketing. As one of the best self-publishing companies in the UK, we will work with you to bring your story to life and ensure it reaches the right audience.

Call us at 020 3745 3822 to learn how we can help you publish your memoir.