Choosing a title for a book is like choosing a name for a baby! Yes / No?? #mgtab

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Okay, I know I’m taking things a bit too far when I compare a book title with a baby’s name – I’ll confess, it was an attention grabber.

But… trust me; us authors really have to give our book titles a lot of thought.

Remember, we don’t have nine months to change our minds and come up with multi choices. Buy “Name Your Baby” books… scour the internet for just the right one…end up giving in to husband’s demand, LOL.

But we do have to take into consideration what the book is about. What will honestly relate the plot to a potential reader, and… most importantly, that it hasn’t been used by a number of other authors within the last few years.

Now my dilemma is this. I want to put together a three book collection of my own work and have it focus on my books where the main protagonists are feisty women who won’t back down from any man.

Two of the books feature law enforcement officers and the other one is about a Chilean girl who had to make a life in a new country and surmount a lot of obstacles to do so.

Coming up with this idea was easy. Trying to decide on an appropriate title – not so much!

Three-thirty in the morning, I jolted awake with a brilliant solution – “Red-hot Mamas”! I could see the cover in my head: brilliant red, fiery gold for the words, a special font that stood out and, of course, highlighting an eye-catching female.

Happy as a lark, I went to an author’s book launch later in the day and met up with some of my colleagues. Excited about my new project, I told them my brilliant idea. Much to my disappointment, they weren’t as enthused about my title – said mamas would date the book – that it was old-fashioned.

After thinking about what they said, (took me all of 20 seconds), I realized they were right. They next thought that came to mind was that these kick-ass girls needed to have a better introduction. Of course, that led me to brainstorm with the others and these were the favorites.

Red-hot Gals

Red-hot Ladies

Red-hot Divas

Then I got another brilliant notion. Since these were kick-ass girls why couldn’t I just name the book using that as my title? Kick-ass Girls! When I gleefully mentioned it, they all rained on my parade. Said that Amazon probably wouldn’t go for it.

So… as soon as I got home, I looked to see if the word “ass” appeared anywhere on Amazon’s site. And it did! Not only in various places but also in a porno book that had a cover of a…. you got it! A lady’s… ahh derriere.

But… still not 100% sure I’d be allowed, needing to stroke the big guy so he wouldn’t take away my publishing rights ;-), I wrote to Amazon. Sadly, they sent me back a lot of mumbo jumbo, with this one sentence standing out:

Please ensure that your book’s title accurately matches the content of your book.

Okay – Check!

Then they referred me to this page: Content Guidelines


We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts. (Oh yeah?)

Offensive Content

What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. (This sure helps, doesn’t it? :-))

So what I need to know is this: If I go ahead, which of the three titles works the best.

I’m inclined to go with Kick-ass Ladies because of the contrast in the words, but the others liked Kick-ass Gals or Divas.

Help me make up my mind…let me know what you think.

Also, do you feel that word might be offensive in any way to the readers?

Keep in mind, wanting to be realistic to the suspense genre and the way detectives actually would talk, I do use real language inside the book. Therefore, anyone who dislikes swear words, probably doesn’t want to read those books anyway…. just sayin’!


One of the books I intend to add into this collection is my very first Romantic Suspense called Roll the Dice which is book #2 in the Vegas Series. The first short introductory book is a permanently free book called Partners and can be found here. All six book in the Vegas Collection, plus the collection itself, is #FREE in Kindle Unlimited.



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About Mimi Barbour

NYT & USA Today, best-selling, award-winning author, MIMI BARBOUR, has seven romance series to her credit. She also has many single titles and a huge number of box sets - her own and multi-author collections. Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island with her husband and writes her various romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. She's been known to say: "If I can steal a booklover's attention away from their everyday grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I've done my job." **Visit her blogs at / **Sign up for her monthly newsletter at Her reviews are numerous and incredibly positive: "Love Mimi Barbour, love her books. When you can read a book that within just a few words, you are brought right into the book. You feel, taste, see everything going on. Great story lines. Fantastic characters, fantastic plots, story lines like real life both honest folk and of crooks. Humor that will have you giggling then full on belly laugh. You may even shed a tear or two. All in all, Mimi never disappoints." ~ Reviewed by Shirleen Miller

4 Replies to “Choosing a title for a book is like choosing a name for a baby! Yes / No?? #mgtab”

  1. Mimi, you’re so right about choosing titles. It’s like mining for gold in a mountain of coal. You usually pick great titles, and Roll the Dice is spot on. Looking forward to it!

  2. You don’t want your book tossed in the Amazon adult dungeon. Trust me. It happened to a book of mine, and it’s not any fun. You can call your heroines kick-ass whatever INSIDE the book, but I wouldn’t put it on the cover or in the blurb. There are ways to allude to it without using the word ass.

    • Thanks, Cara.
      I had decided to do exactly that. Friends have had experiences with Amazon’s wrath and they warned me not to go where I didn’t need to…so It’ll be Red Hot Gals!
      Thanks for your advice.

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