Pseudonyms Basics (How to Choose a Pen Name)

Posted by admin on December 21, 2007 in Uncategorized |

When you are a new writer, choosing the perfect pseudonym can be a little intimidating. You want to make an impact, but you don’t want to be too over the top. 
When someone is making reference to your work, you don’t want them to ask, “What’s that writers name?” Your pseudonym should always be easy for your readers to pronounce, and remember. 
Your pseudonym should be appropriate for the materials that you write. Nobody wants to buy a hot, steamy, romance novel from an author named “Gertrude Prude”, nor do they want to purchase a children’s book from someone named, Kitty Lust. 
Your pseudonym should be something that you are comfortable using around other people. If Stinky Stewart is not a name that you will be proud of, donít bother using it. 
If your pseudonym has a special meaning, it will be a lot easier for you to remember. It makes no sense to have a name that you wonít recognize when someone uses it to address you in public. 
You don’t want to use a name that is too ordinary, and nothing that sounds drab, or boring. No offense to all of the John Smiths out there, but saying that name just screams, B-O-R-I-N-G.
If you write in genres that are unrelated to each other, you may want to use a different pseudonym for each one. Once someone realizes that their favorite children’s book was written by the author of, Effective Ways to Prostitute for Peanuts, you may not have the same appeal to the readers of your children’s literature.
Before making a final decision, why not take the time to play with a few names that you like. Repeat them to yourself a few times, and see how they roll off of your tongue. 
If you are not comfortable using a pseudonym in the beginning, don’t worry about it. You’ll have plenty of time to decide.

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