Have you ever wanted to publish your work, but you didn’t want anyone to know you wrote it? The truth is, authors like this are more common than you think. If you thought Napoleon Lovecraft was my legal name, it isn’t. So I figured that for this post, I’d go into some reasons why you might want to consider using a pen name.
Hiding Your Identity
This is the most obvious one, since hiding your identity is going to naturally happen if you choose to use a pen name. Stephen King and J.K. Rowling have both written novels under other names, and in Rowling’s case, it was because of the massive success of Harry Potter. Without fan expectation, her book was able to get a fair look by readers, which didn’t happen with her adult novel, The Casual Vacancy. But this is the story of a publishing elite. The truth is, there could be a hundred reasons why you want to hide who you are. Perhaps you’re a Mormon publishing erotica. Whatever the reason, if you want to hide who you are, pen names are an option you want to look into.
You Want to Switch Genres
This is a valid reason to use a pen name. If you’re a published author and you write (for example) in the romance genre, it will confuse your readers if you turn around and publish sci-fi. Therefore, using two different pen names is an option you can think about.
You Want to Distance Yourself From a Failed Project
If anyone wants to know why I’m writing under a pen name, this is why. An earlier draft of Kingslayer was published by a small press and wasn’t treated very well by them. So I’m changing my writing name and I’ve changed the title to hide the failure from the masses. I’m not the only author who’d done this either.
Your Name Is the Same As a Famous Person
This is self-explanatory. Say your name is George Martin. Your books won’t sell because anyone looking for them will find George R.R. Martin’s books.
These are just a few reasons you may want to use a pen name. There are likely others, and if you choose to do this, you need to think hard about why you’re doing it.
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