Hi! My name is…what? My name is…who? My name is… Slim Shady Eminem 1999
Some authors use a pseudonym, a pen name. A made up name. I wrote my first three books using my real name. I thought, “Why not? It’s my name. I’ve had it my whole life and I’m proud of it.” A couple months ago I became aware of an author who had written some young adult category books. His name, or rather the name on his books, is Ransom Riggs. Obviously made up. Why would anyone name their kid Ransom? That’s like asking for him to be kidnapped. It may be made up, but it stuck in my head. It’s alliterative and has a catchy sound to it doesn’t it?
So I’m starting to wonder, would people remember me and my books sell better if I had a catchier name? Here’s what I want from you: Answer the one question survey below and if you have suggestions for a good pen name put them in the comments. If it turns out most people think I should go with a pen name I will then publish another survey with the pen names and choose one based on the vote, if I like the one that gets the most votes.
As always, feel free to share on social media if you think your goofy, brainiac friends will have some good ideas.