The Pros and Cons of Writing Under a Pen Name

If you are considering using a pen name for your work, there are a few things to keep in mind. Book marketing expert and author Desiree Duffy chose to write under the pen name Vanta M. Black because her professional brand was vastly different from her author brand. She didn’t do it to keep her identity a secret, but some may choose a pen name for this reason. In that case, an author must consider how he or she is going to market and promote. Having to completely hide your identity will limit publicity opportunities. Using a pen name, secretly or not, also means you now have two identities to manage. You’ll have double the social media profiles, and possibly multiple websites. This can be a huge undertaking. Finally, a pen name forces an author to split his or her personality, having to jump back and forth between two mindsets and communication strategies. While it’s not impossible to successfully write under a pen name, considering these factors and deciding how you will be able to handle it is an important first step.

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  • I am choosing a Penn name to use examples of people in a dating guide book to help others decide if this type of person is really the "One" to which you want to say "I Do."  I have had some painful relationships and if I can save other women the agony, then my mission is complete.  I even out my ex, but in the book, he is Ellen Reed's ex, not Suzanne's ex.  Ok, I can't do television shows, but what about Christian podcasts?  In my mind, I am spiritually Ellen Reed.

  • thank you- short-quick, and to the point.