Fantastic post on using pen names, by Sue Moorcroft – I can relate! 🙂
I was asked recently whether a writer should write under his own name, or to take a pseudonym.
A lot of people get hung up on this – and for good reasons. The right name can grab readers, the wrong one turn them off. A pen name can distance you from associations with your real name. So here are my thoughts:
- I write as Sue Moorcroft because THIS IS ME. That’s what it says on my birth certificate. THIS WORK IS MINE. That’s how I feel about it.
- Writing under one’s maiden name can be useful. If you write under your married name, find success, then the marriage ends, you can be stuck with a name you no longer want.
- Length is a disadvantage to ‘Moorcroft’. A shorter name could be larger on book jackets.
- A lot of people believe that having a name at one end of the alphabet…
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