Saturday, October 23, 2010

Please Help Me Title My Book

I realize how important the title of a book is and I need your help. As writers, we tend to get so close to our work and what we intend to say that we that we can't quite determine if we've actually said it in a way that other people understand it.

A nonfiction book title needs to say what the book is about and what it will do for the reader. It has to do so with as few words as possible.

I am writing a book about my journey as an "empath." Although it's apparent that the word has to do with empathy or being empathic, some people have not seen this word used as a noun for someone who is more sensitive to energy than the average person. The intuitive gift of empathy can detrimentally affect people who inadvertently pick up on the thoughts, sicknesses, and emotions of others and carry this energy as if it were their own.

Folks who are looking for help with shutting off or managing the overload of emotional information they receive may use the word "empath" when searching for answers. My book will give helpful information about how to shield oneself from unwanted energy and develop the skills needed to use this gift in a way that is beneficial for all.

So, my request is that the readers of this blog offer me some input and feedback about the proposed title. Which of the following three choices best conveys the message of the book? If you think of a better combination or an entirely different title choice, I'd like to know that too. Please put your answer as a comment underneath this post or email me at writer @ yvonneperry dot net.

  1. WHOSE STUFF IS THIS? Finding Freedom from the Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those Around You
  2. A GUIDE FOR EMPATHS: How to Protect Yourself from Being Overwhelmed by the Pain, Energy, and Emotions of Others
  3. WHY EMPATHY HURTS: How to Avoid Being Distressed by Others' Pain, Energy, and Emotions
  4. WHAT IS BREAKING MY HEART? Help for Those Who Are Overwhelmed by the Pain, Energy, and Emotions of Others
  5. THE EMPATH’S GUIDE: How to Avoid Picking Up the Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Others

Thank you for your help!

Yvonne Perry,
Owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services

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Nick Oliva said...

Caring Can Hurt: When Two Hearts
Beating As One Becomes Toxic

Empathy Can Hurt: When Two Hearts
Beating As One Becomes Toxic


WHO IS BREAKING MY HEART? Dealing with Empathy and How to Protect Yourself


Giving It All and Protecting One's Self: An Empath's Guide

An Empath's Guide: When Absorbtion is Too Much To Handle

Empathy Absorbtion: Handle Your Heart With Care

When Your Heart Breaks: An Empath's Dilemma

Handle With Care: An Empath's Guide

Amanda J Evans said...

Hi Yvonne,

Your book sounds amazing but if you are targeting others who are also empathic I would go with the first title. The second one seems a little too open and may not be found as easily by those searching for the information you are providing.

Can't wait to read it and learn more about shielding myself from negativity also.