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Help! I need opinions for my book title!

September 16, 2012

Help! 

I need some opinions on a book title!  I’m just about done with my next book.  This one is about college application, admission, and scholarships.  It’s going to include information about curriculum, testing, finding colleges, elite university admission, check lists for junior and senior year, merit and need based scholarships, letters of recommendation, application essays, competitions, interviews.  Tons of college admission stuff.  Very different from my last book about homeschool records.

We decided we like having the main title called “Courting the Colleges”  because we are including a scripture verse and a quote from the Princess Bride on every chapter.  So what I’m really looking for right now is a subtitle.  I need something long that clearly spells out exactly what is in the book, but hopefully in a fun, catchy way.  For example, this title is HILARIOUS and so it’s very catchy:  The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College Admissions: Strategies for Helicoptering, Hot-housing & Micromanaging (I just about died laughing!)  I don’t need something THAT funny, though.  I guess I’m not thinking “hilarious” so much as “catchy.”

Can you please share ideas for a neat title and subtitle?  Do you like “Courting the Colleges“??

Here are some ideas we are pondering:
How to Win the Love of Your First-Choice University and Earn Quick Admission and Huge Scholarships
Secrets Homeschoolers Know about Wooing and Winning University Admission and Scholarships
A Successful Homeschooler’s Secrets for Wooing and Winning University Admission and Scholarships
How to Help Your Homeschooler Woo and Win University Admission and Scholarships
Help Your Homeschooler Woo and Win University Admission and Scholarships
A Homeschooler’s Guide to College Admissions: Strategies for Finding the Perfect College for Your Unique Child
How to Prepare your Homeschool Student for College Admission and Scholarships
How to Find a University that will Love your Child and Shower Them with Huge Scholarships!
A Homeschooler’s Guide to College Admissions: Strategies to Woo and Win the Perfect College for Your Child
Learn a Homeschooler’s Secrets for College Admissions and Scholarships: Strategies for Finding, Affording, and Loving the College of Your Dreams
Secrets for College Admissions and Scholarships: A Homeschool Family’s Guide to Finding and Affording the College of Your Dreams

Here are some other books on amazon on the same subject – don’t want to sound too similar:

College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step
Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College
A Is for Admission: The Insider’s Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges
Countdown to College: 21 To Do Lists for High School: Step-By-Step Strategies for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders
What You Don’t Know Can Keep You Out of College: A Top Consultant Explains the 13 Fatal Application Mistakes and Why Character Is the Key to College Admissions
College Admissions – A Step By Step Guide Through the Process
How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)
The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College Admissions: Strategies for Helicoptering, Hot-housing & Micromanaging
College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step
How to Make Colleges Want You: Insider Secrets for Tipping the Admissions Odds in Your Favor

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4 Comments »

  1. Ana says:

    I like the 3rd title before the last one. A Homeschooler’s Guide… for your child

    September 16th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

  2. Nue says:

    Hi Lee,

    Courting the Colleges for Homeschoolers as the main title sounds really good. Its different from other titles which some how or other way end up being too synonymous. When will this book be available in Amazon?

    September 17th, 2012 at 2:25 am

  3. Ann says:

    I like “Courting the Colleges — Help Your Homeschooler Woo and Win University Admission and Scholarships.” That sums up what following your advice throughout high school is likely to accomplish. Not every young person will be able to attend the college of their dreams or obtain huge scholarships (or even scholarships at all). But every young person should be able to do their best to prepare for college admissions by following your advice throughout their high school years, and thereby be positioned to do the best they can with the admissions process.

    I also like the analogy and alliteration in your title–it IS catchy! =)

    September 17th, 2012 at 4:24 am

  4. neurotic says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Lee. It’s a little late, but in case you haven’t thought of a title, I’m happy to brainstorm with you.

    December 9th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

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