Pen Name or No?

This is a question I’ve been asking myself for months, do I choose a pen name? So far this has been a tough subject for a few reasons.

  • My first and last name are another authors name
  • My first and middle name are taken from another author
  • I don’t hate my last name, but it doesn’t excite me either
  • I’ve had a few different ideas for pen names and been told they don’t fit
  • When I get married next June, I will be officially changing my last name anyway

So you can see my dilemma! For now, I’m using the name JR Wallace but it doesn’t excite me. I personally don’t like the way it sounds but maybe I’m being too harsh. Since I have nothing published, this isn’t official and I could change it.

From what I’ve read, pen names aren’t copyrighted but obviously it’s a poor choice to chose a name someone else has. The last thing I’d want is to be accused of ripping off another author.

I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this and your experiences. Do you use a pen name or your real name? How did you come up with your pen name? Any thoughts for creating one?

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5 thoughts on “Pen Name or No?

  1. Trust your instincts and try not to let you mind overthink this and influence your feelings; although, I fear it may be too late for this suggestion to be of any use to you πŸ™‚

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  2. I decided against one because it becomes too much of a hassle (for a number of reasons) in the publishing process, and “platform building”. Plus, much of the anonymity they used to provide is gone thanks to the internet eroding everyone’s privacy. I’d only use one if you’re worried that the content of your work could impact your day job.

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  3. I didn’t consider a pen name until my publisher suggested it. On the one hand, there’s nothing better than seeing your actual name on a book. On the other, it is fun to create a whole new identity. If your desire is to become a working author, you’ll have plenty of books in your future and can try out anything you want. πŸ™‚

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    • Creating a new identity is a fun idea I’m still tossing it around. Guess I could always have multiple depending on what I’m writing πŸ™‚


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