Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
What should my pen name be?
As some of you are aware, I’ve been trying my hand at writing this past year. I’ve actually completed the rough draft of a book, a novella, and a short story. Well, I’ve actually finished several rounds of edits on the short story and I’ve decided to submit it to a competition for publication in an anthology. Plus, I’ve decided that it’s time to start thinking about getting the novella and book published. Which means, it’s time to get serious about my pen name.
Why do I think I need a pen name?
I’m not 100% certain that I need a pen name. Part of me would really like to use my real name, so that I’m easily associated with what I write. I mean, that’s a lot of work and I’m proud of what I write (I still will be when it gets the inevitable DNFs and 1 star reviews). I figure, even if people don’t like the books I write, I did write them. That’s more than many people can say. And, of course, I’m hoping that at least some people will love them. So, that’s why I’d keep my name.
But I have a few reasons to get rid of it:
- My real name is boring and a dime a dozen. See how many different hits you get. Not smart branding, at least that’s what I’m thinking.
- I’m in Academia and while I have no intention of being a professor (and thus publishing research), I’m thinking that it might be smarter to have a name that isn’t quickly associated with me in my day job.
- If EVERYONE hates my work, at least it will be easier to disassociate myself!
So, here’s where you come in. I have a poll where you can vote on what you think would be the best pen name for me. I’ve included my real name, an anagram of my name, my name with my BF’s last name, and a free entry where you can make other suggestions. I also considered using Berls, but couldn’t seem to come up with anything – using it as a first name or last name – so if you have any ideas using Berls that would be great. I really appreciate your help with this because I’m VERY stuck!
What do you think? Do I need a pen name?