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Capitalizing Words in Titles
Who remembers what they were taught in school about capitalization of words in titles?
Basically, those are the rules you should still be using when you publish your book. (Make sure your cover artist understands these rules, too.)
AND never publish your book in all caps on retail platforms—even if it is in all caps on the cover—this practice is highly frowned upon. (It IS acceptable to have your title in all caps on your cover—that's artistic freedom.)
These rules are adapted from The Chicago Manual of Style for clarity.
1) The first and last words are always capitalized, even if fewer than five letters.
2) Words over five letters are always capitalized.
3) Verbs are always capitalized, even if fewer than five letters.
4) Nouns are always capitalized, even if fewer than five letters.
5) Unless the first or last words of a title, these are never capitalized: ARTICLES: a, an, the; CONJUNCTIONS: and, but, or, nor; PREPOSITIONS that are fewer than five letters long: at, by, for, from, in, into, of, off, on, onto, out, over (unless used as a verb), up, with; INFINITIVES: to; "as" is never capitalized.
6) These words are capitalized, even though they are fewer than five letters. also, be, if, than, that, thus, when.
(Exceptions: When prepositions are used as "phrasal verbs" they are capitalized to show that they are part of the verb, and not showing physical relations between nouns. Examples are Turn On or Turn Off or Give Up. Note that the word "up" is more often used as part of a verb than as a physical preposition.)
(Source: Wikibooks—Basic Book Design/Capitalizing Words in Titles)
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