a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name
Are you thinking about becoming an Author?? I am. It’s one of the most difficult things I want to do, but I am going to make it as fun as possible… Writing is about creating an entire world from your imagination, and for me that starts with a Pseudonym.
I have one.. and I’m going to tell you some reasons why I think you should get one too.
Above: Sherrilyn Kenyon AKA Kinley MacGregor
Reasons to use one..
- Multi-Genre If you plan to write more than one Genre. Maybe, you want to write ‘Chick Lit’ but may also want to write something historical. If either one comes first, that name will be ‘known’ and will be synonymous with that genre. Depending on the audience, this may be frowned upon.
- Privacy You may have a full-time job, be a pillar of the community or simply don’t want people to find out you write for whatever reasons, like family squabbles for one.
- Uniqueness Let’s face it, if your real name is Jane Austen or John Grisham or Anne Rice, your books may be confused with other authors work. This can cause angry readers, who leave angry reviews.
- Brand Spooky Book, Spooky name. ‘nuf said.
- You may sell more books, unfortunately, the publishing world is still very gender biased. Crime novels are usually brought because they are written by men, and arguably Romance novels are preferred to be written by women. There are of course exceptions, but these are rare.
Why I am using a Pseudonym
I thought the name was cooler than my own… yup, I am that shallow. I also think to authors in the genre, and what better way to stick out in the Genre of Paranormal Romance, than to have a unique name.
So there are definitely some benefits to having a pen name when you write.
Will you take a Pen name.. let me know in the comments.