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Pen Name or Real Name
« on: February 05, 2015, 02:41:12 AM »
If you have written a book do you write under a pen name (or pseudo name) or do you use your real name?
If you haven't written a book or have yet to release one, which name would you rather publish under?


I have been trying to figure out which name I want to publish under, I'm not looking for the recognition per say but it would be nice to prove it is my book.

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2015, 04:28:50 AM »
I use a pen name, many writers use several pen names when they write in different genres. You can always reveal yourself later on. The main thing about using a pen name is that your doesn't last as long in the USA.
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Currently I have one pen name, but am considering using others and my real name for a non-fiction book.

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2015, 05:01:08 AM »
I use a pen name due to the, ahem, nature of the work I've published.

I also have some other stuff I've been thinking about self-publishing and wondering whether to use my real name on it. If I do, it mean I can link it into my existing 'me-stuff' on the internet, but it also means that if it fails miserably, everybody will know! (Yes, I'm a pessimist).

I've also thought about using the same first name but a different surname as my existing stuff and linking the two together - they aren't anything alike but the writing style is probably similar. I can see there might be an audience I could appeal to.


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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2015, 06:49:47 AM »
I haven't written an ebook yet, but it's something that I'm hoping to do this year. My decision on whether to use my real name will probably be based on the nature of the topic. If I have the courage to publish what I'm currently contemplating, I'm pretty sure it will be under a pen name.


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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2015, 07:57:38 AM »
I use a pen name. I don't feel confident or ready enough to put my own name to my ebook. It kind of exposes you. When I'm good and ready I'll come out as the real me (assuming that I manage to make enough sales to justify writing more ebooks).

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2015, 12:53:07 AM »
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I use a pen name due to the, ahem, nature of the work I've published.


This is exactly the reason I am leaning more towards using a pen name


I have come up with a pen name but I feel it is kinda of, for lack of a better word right now, stupid.

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2015, 04:36:01 AM »

Id probably want to go with a pen name because some of my material that I want to put out there is about real life people, and I wouldnt want them knowing I was behind it. Of course Id tweak a few things and even embellish a few details, so that the booksd be loosely based on them. I dont know much about the pros and cons, so I guess Id have to sit down and gauge them.

 I've not got as far as thinking what pen name I'd use, though. Only because I don't think I'm quite ready to write a book yet.

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2015, 05:31:43 PM »
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I use a pen name. I don't feel confident or ready enough to put my own name to my ebook. It kind of exposes you. When I'm good and ready I'll come out as the real me (assuming that I manage to make enough sales to justify writing more ebooks).

I would use a pen name if I publish fiction.  I even decided on one.  My fiction writing output has actually increased since I made that decision.  I saw how much more confident I became ghost writing when the clients have no way to know who I am and I knew it would help me make fiction progress too if I committed to it being something that I wouldn't associate with me when I publish it. 

If I decide to write non-fiction, maybe about my travel or RV living and working or something, that might be able to go under a version of my real name. 

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2015, 09:19:34 AM »
I wanted to use a Pen Name because I feel as if my own last name isn't easy to pronounce.  But notice that I said that I wanted to, because I co-write my books with others in my family I wasn't given much choice in the matter.  They wanted to use our actual last name regardless of the fact that this last name has been pronounced more ways then it actually is pronounced by the public.  So, I had to use my own last name but I did use my middle name as my first name, I guess that was a compromise.  But somehow I don't think they really understand about pen names and why they are used.

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2015, 10:20:39 AM »
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If you have written a book do you write under a pen name (or pseudo name) or do you use your real name?
If you haven't written a book or have yet to release one, which name would you rather publish under?


I have been trying to figure out which name I want to publish under, I'm not looking for the recognition per say but it would be nice to prove it is my book.



I read an article some time ago that mentioned a women that was an aspiring poet.  She would write poems and submit them to contests, magazines, and online sites, but she signed them under a pen name.  Over a short period of time, her work became very popular.  However, in an attempt to further publicize her work, as well as herself, there was a major discrepancy, which was the pen name.  Of course, the work was hers, but she ultimately ended up changing her real name to the pen name she wrote under to publicly and officially claim the work, avoid confusion, and continue writing with that name. 

With all that said, I would absolutely use my real name.  Although it may be a little intriguing and somewhat of a safe haven or security blanket, potential position you place yourself in could be prove to be a bigger hassle than what you expected it to be. 


After skimming through comments, the theme of "not enough confidence ... " is present; therefore, I would just like to share a quote with everyone. 
    [ "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -- Eleanor Roosevelt ] 
If you are talented enough to write a book, I say go for.  If you have the determination, the passion, and the drive, owning your work is a must.  Perfection is not a requirement, and you don't have to please anyone but yourself.  Good Luck with your book. 

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2015, 06:51:25 AM »
Pen names are also used for publicity reasons and also to go with the genre of the book. Many authors have different names when they switch genres, for example imagine Wilbur Smith writing a YA romance or Barbara Cartland writing a horror book. You should always check no one has the same or similar name, which is what I do and that it is easy to say and spell.

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2015, 04:26:54 AM »
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I wanted to use a Pen Name because I feel as if my own last name isn't easy to pronounce.  But notice that I said that I wanted to, because I co-write my books with others in my family I wasn't given much choice in the matter.  They wanted to use our actual last name regardless of the fact that this last name has been pronounced more ways then it actually is pronounced by the public.  So, I had to use my own last name but I did use my middle name as my first name, I guess that was a compromise.  But somehow I don't think they really understand about pen names and why they are used.


My first name is actually really difficult for some people to pronounce and I am not sure why, it sounds the way its spelled.
But you did give me the idea of using my middle name which isn't as hard to pronounce and kinda common in Spanish names.

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2015, 02:29:22 AM »
If I were to write/publish a book, I would rather use my real name. I just want to be proud of my work and don't want to hide behind any pseudo name. Just saying.

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2015, 04:55:10 PM »
I use a pseudonym because:
  • [/size]My name is very common.[/color]
  • [/size]My last name starts with one of the later letters in the alphabet.  If my book were to be in a bookstore then I would be towards the end of the genre section.  No one really goes that far sometimes. [/color]
[/size]I chose a pseudonym that is not very common, is somewhat memorable, not so late in the alphabet, and fits ME as well.  It's also the one I use for a specific genre.  If I move to a different one then I'd use a different pseudonym.  I wouldn't use my real name just in case I become famous I still want to be able to go out.  [/color] ;)

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Re: Pen Name or Real Name
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2015, 05:51:47 PM »
I haven't written a book, but if I did I think I'd use my real name - unless the content of the book was something that I wouldn't want people knowing that I had written. But apart from that I would be comfortable just using my own name.

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