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Subject: Choose alias for Author Name?
Date Posted: 10/11/2008 1:47 PM ET
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Hi Everyone, 
I've searched for this topic and come up with zip, zilch, zero, nada.  So, my question is:

Do you publish with your real name or do you choose an Alias?  I want to do an Alias but can't find any site that shows how to pick a good name for an author.   Can anyone HELP me please?  I'm pretty well known as "Dawn Da Nut" on Etsy and other places.... is that a good place to start?

Thank you VERY much! :)   Dawn

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 8:27 PM ET
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Hi Dawn...I've never used an alias in any submissions, but I always thought if I ever finished my book, AND it went into print, I would use a different name, but only slightly different from mine.  My nickname is Ronnie...I recently changed it to Roni just because it's easier, and then use my maiden last name because it's an easy simple name to remember.  Some author's names are so difficult to remember or spell which makes it hard to find their web sites or order their books.

I have Sherrilyn Kenyon's Character Naming book. Maybe something like that would help you.

Good luck...Roni

Date Posted: 10/17/2008 3:36 PM ET
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When I get published I plan on just using P G Leja as my authorly name :)

You need to chose a name you can live with, something that is different that could stick in peoples minds.

As for hard to spell names that can work in your favor since they will stick in your mind and people mispell authors names no matter how common they are. IE I got a request for Dan Brown's Angels and demons, and they put it as Don Browne..:)

I read somewhere that you need to be comfortable with the name because if you ever do interviews you will need to respond without making a face.

One thing I learned this week is, before you decide on the name, google that name, see if it is already used by someone else AND if you can get a .com website domain in the name you want to use.

Plus I mainly responded because I just love your Prince pic ..LOL   Oh and I wouldnt go with a one word name either..ehhehe

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 2:15 PM ET
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I think the one-word name is a great idea...ya know...like Sunny.  Easily recognized.

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 4:58 PM ET
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Mine would be Morning.... or Sunrise.  hehe

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 1:42 PM ET
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"Sunshine" and your last name. I think that's cool. I still maintain short, simple, easy to remember and eye-catching could never hurt.  I like your 'Great Quote' by the way.  Roni

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 9:05 AM ET
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if you drop your middle name there, ('da') - Dawn Nut works. It's a bit on the different side, but, hey....
Date Posted: 12/26/2008 12:07 AM ET
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Aftter starting but never completing several novels and having chosen a pen name, I finally came to the decision that if/when I do finally complete a book and have it published, I'm going to take ownership and use my real name. Writing is hard work and you deserve the credit!

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 9:37 AM ET
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I agree...I just like the idea of changing my name.

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 5:38 PM ET
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Whenever I had something published (mainly newspaper articles for my college), I always just used my first and middle names' initials, then my last name, as I'm listed on here. Even though most of my professors now know me by my first name, students and other faculty call me T.C. It's easier to sign and provides a bit of anonymity. So that might be something to try. That way you don't have to come up with a name completely different from your own, but can still have a little bit of privacy or differentiation.



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Date Posted: 12/29/2008 6:11 PM ET
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I always thought about using my pirate-generated name, which was Dirty Grace Flint. My maiden name reminds people of an old sit-com, and my married name makes people think of a country music star -- not once in a while, but every single time!

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 11:48 AM ET
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I like the pirate name but only if you are writing thrillers, horror or mystery stories. It would not work for romance..LOL  Grace Flint would be a great author name. :)

 

Subject: Choosing an alias
Date Posted: 1/1/2009 9:33 PM ET
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I don't understand why you would want to write under an alias.  I'm very proud of the work I've been lucky enough to get published or produced, and I want my real name attached to those projects.  It also makes my family very, very happy!

Perhaps someone could help me understand why they don't wish to use their real names.  Perhaps I'm missing something important here.

CleoAuthor

 

 

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 4:12 PM ET
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Well, Linda, let's take a look at my first name. (Yuk) Second, my married name is not acceptable either. People would say, "What the hell kind of a name is that?" My nickname is Ronnie...I would change that to Roni, and use my maiden last name. That really would make my six brothers and five sisters VERY HAPPY.  They would love it.

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 12:48 PM ET
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Well, Veronica, I certainly understand taking one's maiden name.  I wanted to use my maiden name because it's really unusual and silly, and I thought it might attract attention.  My at-the-time agent vetoed that  because it's a funny last name and he wanted me to be taken seriously.  I also wondered about having this other name floating around.  Would my checks be made out to my real name or my pen name?  Would peole who knew me professionally with my new name call me that?  How long would it take for me to respond to two names?  I barely respond to one!  I know using a pen name can be easily accomplished via and agent or lawyer, but I like to keep my life as simple and uncomplicated as possible.  With something as important as the name on your book, I do believe you have to do what makes you feel the most comfortable and gives you the most pleasure.  For me, it was an easy choice -- keeping the name I know the best!

Cleo Author

 

 

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Date Posted: 1/3/2009 4:15 PM ET
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Linda...I read your profile and went to your bookshelf. Critters are my thing too, and you would know it if you saw the bird food outside on my deck, the bowl of cat food for the baby possoms, and the idiot cat I have that showed up on my deck five years ago. He looks just like my avatar. I found your book on your bookshelf and ordered it. I'm looking forward to it.    Roni

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 4:48 PM ET
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Hi, Roni:

Yes, critters are my MAIN thing, too.  Right now I have a blind, diabetic Maltese named Archy McNally (after the Lawrence Sanders series) and Spenser (named after the Robert Parker hero of that name!).  The cat, Cleo, who is the heroine of my book, passed on a couple of years ago.  She had so much personality, mischief and love to give.  There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about her.

I hope you enjoy LETTERS FROM CLEO AND TYRONE.    It's a wee little book and very, very silly.  I hope it gives you a chuckle or two.  I'm also real big on laughter and chuckling!

Linda

 

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 9:59 PM ET
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I ordered "Letters from Cleo and Tyrone" too! It sounds great, definitely along my lines. I only got one critter right now (a little fat box-on-legs Miniature Pinscher), but I have such a soft spot for critters overall.

Ah, pardon my off-topic banter. I'm done now. :)

Subject: Letters from Cleo and Tyrone
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 10:28 PM ET
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Hi, Thunderweasel:

Thanks for ordering my wee book.  My sweet Archy could also be described as "a little fat box-on-legs."  All the more to love, I reason.

Hope you enjoy Letters from C&T.  It's silly and I hope evokes a chuckle or two!

CleoAuthor

 

 

Subject: Nom de Plume
Date Posted: 1/9/2009 3:44 PM ET
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If you're looking for a new name to write under, try going to the "Elvish Name Generator" or the "Hobbit Name Generator". Just Google them and they'll pop right up. They're based on the LOTR series and they really do generate some unique names.

Give it a try!

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 4:17 PM ET
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That sounds like a cool idea, Jeffrey.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 2:00 PM ET
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I don't like writer names that sound silly or made up. It just sounds unprofessional to me, and somehow I don't feel inclined to read books by authors with fake-sounding names.

Jennifer Haymore is my maiden name.

My other pen name is a combination of my middle name and a family name.

Why did I use a pen name? Besides the fact that Dawn writes some pretty racy stuff I'd rather not have my grandparents reading, information is fairly easily accessible on the internet these days. It's a privacy thing...some people are just very private, and don't want their readers (stalkers? eek!) sitting on their front doorstep when they wake up in the morning....

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 11:10 AM ET
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I read this in an article someplace, but can't remember where, but it said that some authors use a pen name so that they can get more work published in a year.  The publishers do not like to flood the market with too much from one author.  Thus some of them get more published by using a pen name. 

Some authors write under different genra and want a different name for the different type of writing.

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 6:50 PM ET
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There are plenty of reasons to use a psuedonym and many articles about the like floating about the web.  I suggest googling "when to use a psuedonym" instead of using the word "alias."  I know of many authors who write erotica and young adult/children stories and, for the most obvious reasons, chose to use a psuedonym for their erotica works.  Stephen King used a psuedo, among many others.  I'd stick with articles published online by authorities on the subject.  Here's an interesting article worth reading: http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewarticle.asp?AuthorID=22284&id=16032

Date Posted: 2/2/2009 12:31 PM ET
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I have two diferent aliases I use. They are based on the fact that growing up, my father would always mix up my sister and my names. So i came up with last names to go with those two names.

 

i use them all the time, actually, including on most message boards and fic posting sites because when I worked at a (liberal) church, I had a former boss who tried to fire me after he did a google search for my name and found my fic and decided it was "unChristian".  As if that weren't enough, I had a few people take EXTREME exception to a particular piece of fanfic and they started to stalk me. Since then, I never post fic under my real name.

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