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Deborah Guzzi is a healing facilitator specializing in Japanese Shiatsu and Reiki. She writes for Massage and Aromatherapy publications. She travels the world to expand her knowledge of healing and seeking writing inspiration. She has walked the Great Wall of China and visited Nepal (during the civil war), Japan, Egypt (two weeks before “The Arab Spring”), Peru, and France (during December’s terrorist attacks).

Her poetry appears in Magazines: here/there: poetry in the UK, Existere - Journal of Arts and Literature in Canada, Tincture in Australia, Cha: Asian Literary Review, Hong Hong, China, Latchkey Tales in New Zealand, Vine Leaves Literary Journal in Greece, mgv2>publishing in France, and Travel by the Book, Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal, Emerge Literary Journal, and others in the USA. 


What Do Editors Expect from a Title

Blog Posted:12/29/2013 7:57:00 PM
You have heard the expression you only get one chance to make a first impression? Well, in writing your title is your first impression. Put your best foot forward learn what is expected by the wider world in regard to titles. 

Sentence case (also known as Down style)

Capitalize only the first word of the title and any proper nouns: "Rules for capitalizing the words in a title." This form, recommended by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for titles in reference lists, is popular with many online and print publications. In fact it's now the standard form for titles and headlines in most countries--but not (yet) in the United

Example: On the Pulse of Morning
by Maya Angelou

Title Case (also known as Headline Style or Up Style)

Capitalize the first and last words of the title and all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs,
and subordinating conjunctions (if, because,as, that, and so on): "Rules for Capitalizing the Words in a Title."

Example: On The Pulse Of Morning
by  Maya Angelou

It's the little words that style guides disagree on. The Chicago Manual of Style, for instance, notes that "articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or,for, nor), and prepositions, regardless of length, are lowercased unless they are the first or last word of the title."

You will not look professional, and not be taken seriously from glance one if you submitted a verse titled

example: on the pulse of morning

Why let excellent content go unread or be given less credit than you are due because of such a simple error in grammar to fix?

Now go check out how important a GOOD title is?


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  1. Date: 1/6/2014 8:08:00 AM
    Hi Debbie - This is extremely useful information, thank you. love, Kathy

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  1. Date: 12/30/2013 6:00:00 PM
    Thanks Carrie we want as many of the fine poets here on Soup to get published as possible, it's a very affirming process.

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  1. Date: 12/30/2013 5:07:00 PM
    Thanks once again, Deb. This is very helpful !! I do believe the title is quite important in grabbing attention, and making the right impression. Good advice!

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  1. Date: 12/30/2013 1:31:00 PM
    Yes, David the link I gave discussed making the title work for you, of course each word, each line must also. I have found too that I am NOT the best judge of my own work so at least I can self edit BETTER & get the grammar correct

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  1. Date: 12/30/2013 1:24:00 PM
    Debbie you are right about the caps, but if an editor likes your title and it draws them into your work you have 15 seconds and no more to make their eyes continue to the end…if the title does not relate in the first two lines then forget it….David

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  1. Date: 12/30/2013 7:43:00 AM
    Becca thanks so much for the visit to my blog, I have been reading yours. We must refocus on our writing, return the soup to a creative simmer use our energy wisely. My Uncle was a NY editor in his day so HE taught me this years ago. I did not learn from a book.

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  1. Date: 12/30/2013 7:39:00 AM
    Morning Catie! Your phone call was one of my most cherished Christmas gifts! No worry over the card hon the call was much preferred!

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  1. Date: 12/30/2013 7:38:00 AM
    Thanks so much Lenora, I would try to contact the poet & ask them to fix the title capitalization. All of us, I believe, feel the content is most important, but we must drop a trail of bread crumbs to the content by having a properly written title & A GOOD appealing title.

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  1. Date: 12/29/2013 10:08:00 PM
    Good morning my dear friend Deb! First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by on my Christmas Greetings Blog & your seasons greetings. Thank u soo much! If you've time, pls. go back & read my reply. Secondly, I would like to thank u for sharing this very informative blog on writing poem title. Currently, I'm having a problem with my latest contest on hand because of the title "in small letters" which should be capitalized especially the proper nouns. After reading your blog, I really decided to consider this as one of my criteria. TYSM & Advance Happy & Prosperous New Year 2014 to you and your family! Love & Peace! love lots and biggest hugs, Leonora

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  1. Date: 12/29/2013 8:31:00 PM
    I, most commonly use down style. It is my preference. Very nice blog, Deb. Hey! I want to take a moment and Thank You for the great Holiday card you sent this year. My budget did not allow me to send any out this year. But next year, I will buy in advance. :) Happy New Year, Deb! Love and hugs, Catie

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Forbear Free versesad,
Belongings Rhymeloss,love,me,mother,
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Echo Quatrainlost lovewords,love,
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Summers Everlasting Free versenostalgia
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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
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