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Nov 28

Writing: Should The Self-published Author Use A Pen-Name (Pseudonym)?

logo-alliAlli the Self-Publishing Advice Blog has posted an editorial on their site:

Trade publishers are notoriously wary of using the same author name across different genres, or of using a name that they feel is inappropriate for a particular book  – hence the morphing of Joanne Rowling into the more masculine J K Rowling, even though she doesn’t have a middle name. While self-published writers have the freedom to choose their own pen-name, the decision isn’t always easy or obvious. A group of self-published authors discussed the options on ALLi’s lively private Facebook forum earlier this week. Here are some of their conclusions:

E J Lamprey: “I have always used E J Lamprey as my pen name, so when I turned indie it was the automatic choice. It was familiar, and it kept my work and private lives completely separate. The name I use is part of my full name so there hasn’t been a problem with creating a legal entity – just the odd sensation as the Lamprey name slowly gains ground that I am developing a split personality!”

Michael La Ronn: “I write as Michael La Ronn because La Ronn is my middle name and I have a fairly common last name. I, too have a profession and don’t want to mix my work and writing life. It’s much easier this way.”

Isabel Burt: “I chose to use my middle name as my pen name, as my first name is too tricky. But then, with social media, I realised I had to decide how to present myself online. I decided it was simpler to keep all things author under the one name: Isabel Burt. It was weird to be addressed by my middle name, but I think it was the simplest decision, and I am used to it now. I will let you know a couple of novels, and another year of social media, if I still think that!”

You can read the whole article HERE, said Shawn E. Bell…

About the author

Shawn E. Bell is an American author, screenwriter, publisher, naturalist, and media god currently living in Southern California.