The Importance of Title: Sam Blake’s ‘The Dressmaker’ Becomes ‘Little Bones’

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the combination of a great title and a great cover are crucial stepping stones to readers discovering your – obviously – great book. In the same way that when we meet someone for the first time their dress, body language and demeanour influence our opinions, the reader forms opinions about your book from the moment they see it on the shelf. According to psychologists, when you first meet a person, they make a judgment about you in approximately four seconds, and their judgment is finalised largely within thirty seconds of the initial contact. The phrase, ‘you never get a second chance to make a good first impression’ holds true for people and for books. So getting it right is vital. Anyone who has been to an Inkwell workshop or met me in person will know that I have written a book called The Dressmaker. The full explanation … Continue reading The Importance of Title: Sam Blake’s ‘The Dressmaker’ Becomes ‘Little Bones’