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So you gone through the painstaking process of doing your research, and agonizing over what your new writing identity will be– it’s important because it is going to be your Identity for the entire time of your writing endeavours. (That’s not to say you can’t have more then one pen name– but we won’t go there today lets allow your brain to settle on this new name first).

A lot of people once they have a pen name don’t know how to check the originality of their chosen name. Of course this is a must, after all, you can’t have Two Nora Roberts writing out there– it would get confusing. So there are a few ways to check your pen name:

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This is a great place to start. Amazon.com has a listing of nearly, if not, ALL the book listings ever created. You can type in your chosen pen name in the search bar and if “NO RESULTS” come up for that search: THIS IS A GREAT SIGN– but don’t get too excited.  You still need to check another source:

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Do a second search using good old fashioned Google! If you don’t get anything dealing specifically with writing then you should be in the clear– but if you want to be sure you should try doing a basic search on:

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If nothing comes up– no fan-pages and no twitters…

Then Stake your claim! 

Create that first FAN PAGE, and TWITTER account, Make a personal Email for your Authorship, that way you can keep real life and Writing separate. The reason for this is you are effectively creating a cyber paper trail to prove your writing identity– should the issue arise.

I have heard that you can make your pen name more concrete by registering your name as a business– which then places a trade mark on your pen name– however this could have complications as it may change how you do your taxes and other aspects of your legal standing so i would strongly suggest speaking to a TAX expert and/or a lawyer before proceeding with that extra step.

Once your done– congratulations you have created a new personality for your writing! Welcome to the world of authorship!

I hope this short and bitter sweet post has been helpful to you~ I had to figure all this out more or less by my self; my biggest help (besides the internet) Was my good friend and Fellow Author Fox R. R. Haddock who helped me through the basics and introduced me to Doutrope. So a great big shout out and thank you to Fox for all her help and friendship.

Writing Always:

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So, you’ve decided to make a pen name? Good on ya– but now that means you have a crap ton of ideas whirring around your brain about what you want to use– so many names so little time to choose!!!!

Calm down, there is no need to have a heart attack. Just take a second to breath, I am going to give you some helpful tips and tricks to creating your own unique pen name.

Like I said in my last post- (if you haven’t read it you can back track hereWhat’s in a name?

To run the risk of sounding like a broken record: Lets have a quick rehash

“…why is it important? What can we learn from the names other authors choose to use– or what does your name say about you? In all honesty, the pen names speak a number of things about a person who uses it. It could be something as simple as Your first name, and a your mothers maiden name– or it could be something completely made up.

Does it really matter what your pen name is?

Well that depends on how you look at it. Are you just looking for a random name to publish your work– or are you looking for an identity all your own?”

You should have some idea on how you want your pen name to be centered, if you don’t that’s alright: it’s not a hopeless cause. The following list should be able to help (it’s how I found my names more or less.)

1) What is your Writing Niche? What Genre are you looking to be published for?

This is a simple question; if you enjoy writing fantasy, then chances are your going to write for a Fantasy Press Publisher of some kind. If you like Romance- then romance publishers will be the goal. While this is great to know for your own writing, it’s also great to know for your pen name creation. For some genre’s it’s totally okay to use weird names that wouldn’t be seen anywhere else. Now that doesn’t mean you should name yourself Flying-Saucer-Paper-Plane-Jr.  but names like Marion Zimmermann Bradley or Terry Goodkind come to mind–and are names you don’t see everyday; but are widely accepted in the Sci-fi/Fantasy Genre.

The key here, choose something human not from Galaxy-9914. If your readers don’t have to struggle with the linguistic tied-tongue-syndrome then your in the clear: more or less.

2) Do you want your name to have sentimental meaning?

This is good, it means you’re really thinking about what you want to define yourself for the rest of your writing history– don’t break out in a fine sweat, you’ll know when you find the name that is so totally you. But here’s a few ideas to get you started on your sentimental way;

  1. Where where you born? City, State, Country, Hospital, Street?
  2. Did you have a favorite person growing up? A Parent/guardian, sports star, singer, actor, author? Why not adopt one of their names, or at least part of it ?

If your still stuck, there is always the handy dandy internet- If you can think of the meaning you want— there’s a name out there– you can’t be too crazy after all people have named their kids Apple and the like.

3) So you want none of that? It doesn’t really matter so long as it has a flow to it? 

Awesome, your easy to please. There are a metric-crap-ton of ways to find name ideas:

  1. Do you have the phone book? Well flip through the pages and randomly drop your finger on a page and that’s your first name- rinse repeat!
  2. You could try some of the nifty Name Generators out in the cyber space (See: External Page Link @ Bottom)
  3. Game Time: Pick the last name of your 1st grade teacher- Now Pick the name of your youngest relitive; mix and match.

Still Don’t have an Idea of where to start?

Don’t worry about it so much, when you find that ever present muse puttering out to go on strike, start browsing the internet– or the links I will provide on the External Link Page. If you are still having trouble– ask someone else;

“If you have to choose a name for me that wasn’t what I have– what would it be?”

Make a list, pick your favorite– use your own last name, and be on your merry way to writing oblivion (no that’s not only in November).

Good luck to you!

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Alright, I’ll answer that question in the next post- Because lets face it who wants to read something more then 800 words?– Unless i’m reading a novel– I sure don’t! Check back in soon!

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For as many years as people have been writing– there have been pen names! So what’s in a name, why is it important? What can we learn from the names other authors choose to use– or what does your name say about you? In all honesty, the pen names speak a number of things about a person who uses it. It could be something as simple as Your first name, and a your mothers maiden name– or it could be something completely made up.

Does it really matter what your pen name is?

Well that depends on how you look at it. Are you just looking for a random name to publish your work– or are you looking for an identity all your own?

A lot of people will tell you, a pen name is VASTLY important. You NEED a pen name or you’ll be slaughtered by both mail from fans- stalkers- or even the ever favorite– Hate mail.

Well this could be the case, but before you freak out, let me explain:

If you use your real name, you always run the risk of people searching you, finding you on facebook (Maybe your personal facebook that you may not want people to find); If your writing takes off and becomes the next H.P. Lovecraft– or Nora Roberts– (And i hope it does), you could find your self in a predicament where you no longer have any kind of privacy. Your life could become open to the public in ways you may not be prepared for.

That’s not to say that this will happen, just that it is a possibility. Thankfully writing is one of those crafts where your real name doesn’t need to be given to anyone save your publisher– for legal reasons.

A lot of authors who choose to use their real name, may never come across some of the fated publicity of the hot topic names, like presently E. L. James or Stephanie Meyer to name a few. Both of these authors are under fire by both the media and the internet (Never doubt the internet!) with both Fans, and Hater’s alike.

I don’t know enough about these authors to tell you if they used their a pen name or not- but; if they didn’t, I am sure they’re wishing they did.

IF they did, then they are like many Authors who prefer the suitable anonymity (even if it is only partial) of a pen name. This gives them a separation of Written world- and home life. Their home address is harder to come by, they’re personal Social Media connections isn’t as easy to gather. It’s not impossible to find these things, but for a while, they are able to write freely and live rather comfortably with out the world looking at them and scrutinizing every move they make.

So does this mean you NEED to get a pen name? No, but i would advise it.

Indeed, i find pen names to be extensions of myself when i am writing. I have two pen names, because I am an author with a few writing niches, and I separate my work accordingly.

I Love Fantasy Novels, and have found writing them to be a blessing; I am able to escape into all those child hood valley’s and explore the adventures I went on as a child. Even now when I am sitting watching the weather outside (presently snowing) I think of fairies or the stories my family told me growing up. For these muses I use the name Sylver Doe.

I also write regular every day fiction– I prefer action like fiction and love reading Tom Clancy novels– I have looked into the armed forces and plan on joining them in the future, however for the moment I love writing about them, the trials and tribulations that come along with being a soldier. More then that- I just enjoy writing every day fiction novels that people can relate to, and for this is go by the name Trisha Ellen.

Does this mean I have Two FB pages, Two Twitter accounts, Two MySpace’s– or what ever other Social media outlet i can use?

HECK NO! It’s hard enough to keep one of each going– never mind post on my blogs, live my everyday life (Because for me at this point, writing doesn’t pay the bills) AND get down to WRITING! I make it well known– or at least plan to make it well known, that I do write under two pens.

The choice is yours, while i am biased for the pen name, that doesn’t make it wrong for you to choose your own name. However you swing it, it’s your choice: Check out my Next Blog update for How to choose your pen name!

Writing Always;

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