Using a pen name is optional but can be useful in certain circumstances.
Reasons to use your real name
Reasons to use a pen name
|You’re writing a business book that you’ll use as marketing collateral
You’re an expert in your field
You’re writing a memoir
You want a book published “in your name”
You plan to promote the book to your community/network
|You’re writing “controversial material” (sex, drugs, violence)
Privacy is important to you
Your author brand clashes with your real-life brand
There’s already an author with your name
Your name doesn’t suit your genre
How do I choose a pen name?
A name that suits your genre
CONSISTENCY IS CRITICAL
Using the exact same name for all future books is very important for your author brand – plus many platforms won’t recognise variations as the same author:
Dr M Brown/Michael Brown/M J Brown/Dr Mike Brown/Michael J Brown/Doctor Mike
Pick one and stick with it!
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