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Do You Need an Author Pen Name?

This post originally ran on my blog The Self-Publisher, and I’m sharing it here.

You’re finishing writing your first book, but you’re struggling with the idea of putting your name on the cover.

Maybe you have a common name and there are authors already publishing under that name. Or your name is so hard to pronounce, you worry readers won’t remember it.

Maybe you want an author name that’s unique but also want it to fit the type of book you’re writing.

It may be that you just long for a name that’s more evocative or creative than your real (boring?) name.

Or you need a pen name because you’re worried what might happen if someone discovers you’re the author of this book.

Pen names have been used by authors for hundreds of years, but should you use one? Continue Reading…