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