I need to pick a pen name... I also have author updates for you guys :-)
I need to pick a pen name. I've marketed my real name as an artist, musician and blogger but now I am diving into the author persona and it needs to be branded/marketed to a whole new industry and not cause cross-confusion. Besides, if I crash and burn as a writer I don't want to ruin the good will of my real name and current virtual holdings (LOL).
According to Wikipedia, "A pen name, nom de plume, or literary double, is a pseudonym adopted by an author. A pen name may be used to make the author's name more distinctive, to disguise his or her gender, to distance an author from some or all of his or her works, to protect the author from retribution for his or her writings, or for any of a number of reasons related to the marketing or aesthetic presentation of the work."
According to Men-With-Pens: "...it’s a very personal decision. It’s also a complex decision, not to be taken lightly, and it involves facets from psychology to perception to bias to stereotyping to privacy."
"Many choose pen names for marketing and branding reasons, like Grandma Mary or Kid Rock, and some people want to use pen names to separate association from a project, their job or business ventures, like Stephen King did with his pen name Richard Bachman and Garth Brooks did with Chris Gaines."
"And it’s often a good idea: A rose by any other name smells just as sweet, but a romance novel written by Desirée Denial is probably going to sell more than one written by Bertha Hump."
So... I have a cool name which happens to be my real name: Tann Starr. The issue is to write or not to write books as C Tann Starr (sigh). Everyone I know is telling me not to do it and follow Kim Harrison's example (her real name is Dawn Cook). Since I am such a Kimaholic I am taking this suggestion very seriously. I asked my kids what they wanted their pen names to be and they said Stephen Noah. The illustrated children books are going under that name. The three of us are going to share it. They are very excited about that. They like being on a writing team.
There is A Perfect Blood book tour in the works. I am a very happy camper and can't wait to get my hands on this book. I am so addicted to this yummy paranormal series... If you've been hanging at The Drama Box you might have discovered her Halloween Contest and the gorgeous pics from the United Kingdom Reissue Covers.
One of my fave Tweople authors has launched a new website for fans to play on: http://ninjapeas.blogspot.com
I am a card carrying J-Heep so this is very exciting because we're not just playing on Facebook and Twitter anymore (evil grin). Jeannie is mad fun so do go follow her and checkout the Ninja Peas on blogspot. I bet you learn something cool and new. :-)
Guess who just launched her brand new Facebook author page? The fabulous Sabrina Benulis! Go "Like" my newest social media gal pal and give her a warm hello. I have an advanced copy of her book and it is a great read. You may want to pre-order that puppy. Just sayin... ;-)
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