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Using a Pen Name: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt

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Some of the most renowned authors in history worked under pen names. George Elliott, Dr. Seuss, Mark Twain, even J.K. Rowling. All saw a need to use a different name to achieve their writing goals, and did so to great success.

But how and why should you go about using a pen name? Perhaps your own name is too similar to that of a well-known celebrity. Maybe it’s a marketing choice, and you want to use a name that sounds more fitting for your genre. It could even be that you need to distance your private life from your writing.

There’s a lot to consider before claiming a pen name as your own, so I’ve gathered up some of the best advice on the subject.

1: 6 Reasons for Authors to Use a Pen Name – A pen name is a lot of work, and it’s not something you should dive into without proper consideration. There are some hard truths to writing and publishing, and not all aspects of writing under a pen name are going to be for fun reasons.

2: 10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Pen Name – Here we get more into the meat of the subject, with some advice on what you’ll have to deal with working under a pen name.

3: How to Choose a Pen Name – This article re-treads some of the ground we’ve already covered, but it also delves into the work of actually picking what your pen name will be.

4: How to Choose a Pen Name (redux!) – Yes, unfortunately there is a dearth of imaginative titles for articles on this subject. Still, we get some extra information here on how to market your pen name, so that can’t be all bad.

5: Pen Name Generator – And lastly, just for fun here’s a pen name generator. It’s a silly little tool, but it might give you some ideas.

That’s all for this week. Good luck!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten. Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2. Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pashortt Twitter: @PAShortt Paul has a Patreon where you can help support his work, here: https://www.patreon.com/paulanthonyshortt