Testing My Title

The Web is a wacky and wonderful thing. Spend enough time browsing, and you're bound to come across some elegant time waster. Recently, I stumbled across Lulu.com's Title Scorer, an app that uses algorithms to determine whether the proposed title of your novel will increase or decrease the chances of it being a national bestseller. Of course, I plugged in "The Poacher's Son" as a test. According to Title Scorer, my book has a 35.9% chance of hitting it big. That's not very reassuring, although it could be worse. Then again, Lulu (which specializes in self-publishing and print on demand) thinks Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has only a 14.6% chance of being a bestselling title, so maybe there's hope for me yet.