How many of us as writers have pen names? A fellow writer friend who has done rather well for herself with her ebooks has several, one for each series she writes. As I am starting to get some of my work out there I wonder about the pros and cons to having a different name. Researching this online I came across the basic good and bad points from other authors.
-If your name is hard to spell
-You are shy and it is a way to hide behind a new name
-You are trying a different genre that is outside of your comfort zone thus giving you freedom
-You can write about any topic
-No one will know it is you
-You can get lost in the shuffle between social medias of your pen name versus your real name
-Less credibility as an author
-Confusion between the pen name and your name for family and friends. Especially if you have more than one.
These seemed to be the main reasons to have or not have a pen name. When I approached one of my writing groups about it one of them said it plainly.
“You are just starting out. No one knows you or your work yet.”
But now that I think on it that could be in the pro list. As I go about the edits and book covers I realized though once they are released I would either have to inform people it is me through the social platform I have in place or start from scratch. But in doing that I might lose the contacts I have made over the last two years. I am truly not sure what I am going to do. The thought of a pen name excites me it’s just so cool in my mind. I have even played around with what names I would use if it ever came to that.
I will have to think hard on this for I am honestly not sure at the moment.