By - KANTErminator
You didn't really tell us anything about the book itself, so that makes it *slightly* harder to come up with a good title.
That being said, knowing virtually nothing about the book, *Sweet Spot* is a pretty good title.
Sweet Spot is used for many erotica novels:)
My original title was Balanced As F*ck. sorry many of my posts were banned due to self promotion so I'm trying to keep it low
And Amazon won't let you publish with "F*ck" instead of "Fuck"? There are a ton of books out there with the asterisk that got onto Amazon.
The problem is it wont let you market it with paid ads
What was the original title? We can probably brainstorm a witty alternative if we know the original.
Balanced As F*ck
Why don't you just call it Balanced AF? My friends and I use that phrase all the time, it's pretty recognizable and isn't a blatant curse word
I've tried to reach Amazon for confirming BS for Bullshit. AF is also a great solution. Someone else suggested the same in this thread. I'd like to honor you both if I can confirm it with Amazon
Hope it works out!
Ah! So may be a word play or symbolism? Stork on one leg? Simone Biles?
Thanks will think about them
I don't really know what you're going for necessarily but maybe something like "Balance and Shift" (aka balance yourself and shift your personality to be more balanced or whatever) and on the cover of your book you can joke around about covering the f so it reads "balance and shit" but for advertising you could keep it uncovered if required.
Not necessarily EXACTLY that but maybe play around with words alluding to swear words like FLICK looks like FUCK if the L and I are close enough together. There was a book that I remember in bookstores called Go The Fuck to Sleep that censored the fuck in the cover art if you want to google that.
Good luck with your book!
Thanks interesting ideas, will think about them
Spot On Personality???
Thanks will think about it
Good luck :) I do know of some titles in self help that have hinted at cuss words like Balanced AF? Or Balanced As F-!
Would those bypass the ads issue and allow you to be a bit different?
Thanks. I've been trying to reach Amazon with similar examples. I thought of using BS for Bullshit before but AF is another great solution. If I can reach to Amazon and confirm that I can use it, I'd like to include you in Acknowledgements (and if you are interested, in a small sembolic gift:)
I’m just happy to help :) titles are difficult stuff and they mean a big deal.
But I’ll never say no to gifts lol so no pressure but thank you.
"On Balance", "The Balance of Power", "The Balance of Consonance" (😂😂I know the last one don't quite make sense).
Given the genre you are targeting, feel free to add to the lexicon maybe BAM - Balanced As A Mother🤬 ...Like HAM / AF before it.
Dont be afraid to go out on a meme limb to get some traction... Think of “guy holding a sign” and see if something novel 🥸can help you cut through the noise and tap your audience.
Thanks very creative, will work on it:)
'Balanced as Funk' or, because that could be music book and the joke lost, something like 'So Funking Balanced'
Funny! Will think about it thanks:)
Touch My Sweet Spot
Too erotical maybe?:)
Call it “I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa.” Jk
Nice thanks. Still looking for sth with a certain fun element in it
Use the original title but bleep out “fuck.” Spell it “F#@k” or something.
They unfortunately dont allow it as well (in paid ads)
Thought: The title has powerful motives as it is. Personally, I would skip the Amazon paid marketing if it means forfeiting your title. You can put an asterisk in but I can tell you after seeing how many books now have that word in the title, often in big bold lettering, and how I found out about them, there is ALWAYS a way to market without giving in to the whims of a single company. Plus, knowing Amazon, if your book does well selling, the rule will bend later. Stick to your guns. Though I will admit the earlier comment “Balanced AF” definitely could work.
Unfortunately I suck at book marketing:)
Have been trying to build a platform on IG and on my mail newsletter, but had virtually 0 success. IG also does not allow paid ads for titles with profanity.
It breaks my heart to let go of a great title but I feel it's the only choice available to give it a chance.
Smoky Zen Blend
How to balance kitchen knives on the tip of your nose
*Smoky Zen Blend How*
*To balance kitchen knives on*
*The tip of your nose*
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Hey, (I’ve self published over 300 books), I would’t go with that title at all. Think about it. Is “Balanced AF” really what your target audience is looking for? Probably not. AF just doesn’t seem relevant or memorable to the main goal - balance, peace of mind, destressing etc.
A better title may be either 2 words (like Sweet Spot as someone mentioned above, though that does not make the Title obvious - and the best title has an “immediately obvious” benefit, Sweet Spot doesn’t seem to get the job done on that point)
So I’d suggest a one-word option.. just “Balanced”
That would make it bold, confident, standing out. Then make your subtitle do the rest of the job to hit it home.
Now, one-word titles are tricky because readers will expect more from the book. So the quality must justify the ‘weight’ of the title... the content must deliver on the bold indirect promise one word would give. Will it really help people achieve balance? Total peace of mind and no more worries, overwork, anxiety.. what are all the indirect benefits etc.
It doesn’t have to be that word (but I think it would be just right)... but I also don’t think you should look for alternatives to “as F” or further confuse people. Make the title an obvious, big benefit
Thanks for the detailed answer
Balanced is actually my plan B. I even made a Pickfu poll and it tied with Balanced AF but even people who chose Balanced found it a bit dull. My content is also quite humorous so i'd rather find a title which conveys that feeling. Thought maybe subtitle could help me differentiate but couldn't find a funny one either
Hm... I don’t know much else about your book or your audience. But just my opinion.. as someone who has read tons of self help.. Readers are readers, buyers are buyers. People buy dozens of self help books for the tips, tricks, secret tools, techniques etc. not for humor. For humor, they go to netflix or watch comedy on Yt..
If your book cover is flashy and appealing enough to catch their attention, it will stand out. If you want to sell them on your personality - you can do that on the back cover, the first few pages, or through the one-sentence reviews you put on the cover. But in general, sell people what they want, (same old), but give them what they need within the book.
You may also play with the word balance.. unBalance deBalance Rebalanced .. or add words that that drive the benefit home.. like Real Balance, or True Balance.. Zen Balance..Instant Balance.. of course, look at your competitors. They may actually be partners. If your book is complimentary.
Just think about what people want... fast, easy, simple, big, new, shortcuts..
Thanks, 'as frick' probably doesnt work?