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Should you write under a pseudonym? Pros, cons and practicalities in a digital world


This re-blog, with Roz Morris, delves into more about Pen Names than you might have ever thought to ask :-)

Nail Your Novel

use a pen nameShould you use a pen name? Why might you? What problems might it cause? I rounded up a quiver of authors with noms-de-plume and asked them to answer some practical questions.

First of all, why?

An author name is a brand, of course, and traditional publishing has a long history of strategic pseudonymery. Names or initials might make a writer sound more exciting, more serious, more like an already famous author (JRR Tolkien and George RR Martin, anyone?). Androgynous names might do you favours if your readership is gender sensitive. A new surname might put you at a more visible part of the bookshelves or next to giants of your genre (George RR Martin again).

Even a change of nationality might send interesting signals to the reader. Earlier this year I was at an event with Sophie Schmidt, head of author relations and marketing at Epubli, and she told me…

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2 responses to “Should you write under a pseudonym? Pros, cons and practicalities in a digital world

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris April 9, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Thanks, Alexander!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 9, 2016 at 3:49 am

      You are Welcome, Roz :-)

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