If You Became A Famous Author, Would You Use Your Real Name?

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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Mon May 14, 2007 9:05 am

PatriotBlade wrote:I'm not a fan of the non-poetic flow of my name and other than the few pieces of poetry I've had published, I have a pen name ready for anything else I might get published. If you ever see anything by Haddie Brice, that's me, unless I find out someone else has stolen it.


"Haddie Brice"? That is a great name!!! Perfect. I think my next pen name will have lots of letters... such as A.P.T. Stephenopolopolus.

Oh, by the way, I just got an e-mail from an agent who wants to read my crap. So keep your fingers crossed!!!
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Postby rwhen » Mon May 14, 2007 12:07 pm

crosses all things concerned and I am sure your crap will be well received.
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Tue May 15, 2007 6:18 am

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Postby SilverScribe » Mon May 21, 2007 10:16 pm

Hmmm, y'know, I think Scribbles is a perfect name for publishing books . . . ;)

:D:D:D

But to be serious? Being another of the paranoid crowd when it comes to my privacy, I think I'd definitely publish under my initials and my maiden name. Then I wouldn't have to worry about being stalked, since that particular name wouldn't appear anywhere except on a Vital Stats search . . .

And I doubt anyone would bother with that. ;)

:D:D:D

Edited to add: good luck Edmund!!! :)
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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Tue May 22, 2007 7:02 am

SilverScribe wrote:Hmmm, y'know, I think Scribbles is a perfect name for publishing books . . . ;)

:D:D:D

But to be serious? Being another of the paranoid crowd when it comes to my privacy, I think I'd definitely publish under my initials and my maiden name. Then I wouldn't have to worry about being stalked, since that particular name wouldn't appear anywhere except on a Vital Stats search . . .

And I doubt anyone would bother with that. ;)

:D:D:D

Edited to add: good luck Edmund!!! :)


Scribbles is a great name!! Especially for children's books!

As for me and my work, it got rejected. Still...I'll keep trying!
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Tue May 22, 2007 8:06 am

Pfft!

Well, then, reject them!

:)

I once got a rejection letter from Marion Zimmer Bradley...I'm still trying to decide it it's an honor or not.
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Postby rwhen » Tue May 22, 2007 11:35 am

When I write my next book, I will use the pen "Iris Brandybuck"..:D

because she is very sweet ya know?

Keep going for it Edmond, chin up, boobs out...oh wait, well, just chin up anyway!!
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Postby SilverScribe » Tue May 22, 2007 12:17 pm

Edmund the Scholar wrote:Scribbles is a great name!! Especially for children's books!


Um, except that the one thing I absolutely cannot write . . . is children's books.

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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Tue May 22, 2007 12:25 pm

SilverScribe wrote:
Edmund the Scholar wrote:Scribbles is a great name!! Especially for children's books!


Um, except that the one thing I absolutely cannot write . . . is children's books.

:(


You can write about a sword-weilding lunatic!!!!! Kind of like a "Go to sleep or else!" book! I'd read it to my kid!
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Postby SilverScribe » Tue May 22, 2007 12:30 pm

Edmund the Scholar wrote:You can write about a sword-weilding lunatic!!!!! Kind of like a "Go to sleep or else!" book! I'd read it to my kid!


ROFL!! Oh yes, and then your poor child would be in therapy for the rest of his/her life and my legal fees would be astronomical just to keep me out from under all the lawsuits!!

:D:D:D

Actually, I had thought about writing a children's series involving some sort of cute, talking woodland creature and an animated watering can that falls off a moving truck in the wild, but ya know, the talking animals have been pretty much done. And done to death . . .

Maybe the sword-wielding lunatic isn't such a bad idea after all . . .

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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Tue May 22, 2007 12:32 pm

SilverScribe wrote:
Maybe the sword-wielding lunatic isn't such a bad idea after all . . .

:D:D:D


You can put it in verse. Here, I'll start...

"There is a killer under my bed,
I am full of dread...."
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Postby Bardhwyn » Tue May 22, 2007 12:44 pm

Ah, no, I wouldn't use my real name.

:)
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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Tue May 22, 2007 12:46 pm

Bardhwyn wrote:Ah, no, I wouldn't use my real name.

:)


Why not? Fearful of stalkers? Do you have a silly name like, "Iva Gotabigbuttus"?
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Postby SilverScribe » Tue May 22, 2007 12:46 pm

Edmund the Scholar wrote:
SilverScribe wrote:
Maybe the sword-wielding lunatic isn't such a bad idea after all . . .

:D:D:D


You can put it in verse. Here, I'll start...

"There is a killer under my bed,
I am full of dread...."


Daddy says the sword-wielder said . . .
"GO TO SLEEP, or I'll strike you dead!" . . .

Oh yeah. I can see it now . . . poor kid will be like this :shock: the rest of the night . . . sorta defeats the purpose of a bedtime story, I think . . . 8)

:D:D:D
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Tue May 22, 2007 12:49 pm

Have you people been reading The Far Side again?
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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Tue May 22, 2007 12:50 pm

SilverScribe wrote:
Edmund the Scholar wrote:
SilverScribe wrote:
Maybe the sword-wielding lunatic isn't such a bad idea after all . . .

:D:D:D


You can put it in verse. Here, I'll start...

"There is a killer under my bed,
I am full of dread...."


Daddy says the sword-wielder said . . .
"GO TO SLEEP, or I'll strike you dead!" . . .

D:D


From under the bed blood seeped
A disembodied voice said, "Go to sleep!"

(eh, I'll have to leave it to you)
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Postby SilverScribe » Tue May 22, 2007 1:17 pm

Well then . . . puts on editor hat . . . let's fix the meter while we're at it . . . ;)

There is a killer under my bed,
I lay here, I am full of dread...."
Daddy says the sword-wielder said . . .
"GO TO SLEEP, or I'll strike you dead!" . . .

From under the bed, red blood seeped
A disembodied voice said, "Go to sleep!"
I laid there, didn't dare, to make a peep!
I think I must have finally, fallen asleep.

Actually, I wanted the last stanza to read:

From under the bed, red blood seeped
A disembodied voice said, "Go to sleep!"
I laid there, didn't dare, to make a peep!
'Til mommy came in and said "You creep!
Stop scaring the kid and go take out the garbage!"

but you know, it sorta ruins the whole rhythym and rhyme of the thing . . . =:)

:D:D:D
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Wed May 23, 2007 7:21 am

:lmbo: :lmbo: :lmbo: :D
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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Wed May 23, 2007 8:54 am

SilverScribe wrote:Well then . . . puts on editor hat . . . let's fix the meter while we're at it . . . ;)

There is a killer under my bed,
I lay here, I am full of dread...."
Daddy says the sword-wielder said . . .
"GO TO SLEEP, or I'll strike you dead!" . . .

From under the bed, red blood seeped
A disembodied voice said, "Go to sleep!"
I laid there, didn't dare, to make a peep!
I think I must have finally, fallen asleep.

Actually, I wanted the last stanza to read:

From under the bed, red blood seeped
A disembodied voice said, "Go to sleep!"
I laid there, didn't dare, to make a peep!
'Til mommy came in and said "You creep!
Stop scaring the kid and go take out the garbage!"

but you know, it sorta ruins the whole rhythym and rhyme of the thing . . . =:)

:D:D:D


Very well done Scribbles!! I saw draw some pictures and send it to a publisher!!
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Wed May 23, 2007 10:47 am

Do we each get an autographed copy?
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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Wed May 23, 2007 10:56 am

IrisBrandybuck wrote:Do we each get an autographed copy?


Better yet, do we get a blood-stained copy???

Maybe have its pages slashed in two?
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Postby Jiyadan » Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:20 am

So me and my fiance were discussing pen names the other day, and I was thinking, if I *were* to use one, what would it be?

I came up with a few ideas but everything I suggested was replied with "So-and-so?? Sounds like a trashy romance novelist."

And I came to the conclusion that either

1. EVERY female author name sounds like a trashy romance novelist *unless* you are personally familiar with their works and know they are not.

2. my finace just has no ability to imagine any author sounding respectable unless he knows their works personally.

So really, do all female authors sound trashy unless otherwise known?


What type of 'authors' do certain names bring to mind? Is there a formula for having a better pen name, or better *real* name? Is there a better way to write it, first and last name? First initial and last name? First two initials and last name? Do the latter always speak of fantasy such as CS Lewis or JRR Tolkien?

So what kind of 'name' would write trashy romance novels? Serious Biographies? Classic fantasy? Over-rated hack? The 'Jane Austen' of the 21st Century? The next great flop? Sci-Fi fall-out?
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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:13 am

Jiyadan,

You raise some interesting points. Names do seem to delineate the type of book. For example, you never see a serious biography or history text by a "Buffy Hairgell" It is always something like "Richard T. Tweedjacket"
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Postby Primula_Baggins » Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:35 pm

My first novel comes out next week, and I never considered using a pen name.

    1. After fifteen years of hard work learning how to write a saleable novel, I am going to pretend I wasn't the one who did it? :D

    2. Old friends have already come out of the woodwork.

    3. I write science fiction, where there's a lot of contact between readers and writers as a matter of course, online and at conventions, and I would feel odd socializing and talking to people under a name not my own. (I'm used to being Prim and I like it, for the couple of boards I post on under that name. But for my work, I want to be myself.)

    4. I am unlikely to have swarms of adoring fans. I suppose one never knows :P , but it's not the sort of thing I would plan for.
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Postby Crucifer » Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:20 pm

We'll swarm Prim. Never fear. I still think you should have given your name as Primula Baggins on the cover...
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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:59 pm

Primula_Baggins wrote:My first novel comes out next week, and I never considered using a pen name.

    1. After fifteen years of hard work learning how to write a saleable novel, I am going to pretend I wasn't the one who did it? :D

    2. Old friends have already come out of the woodwork.

    3. I write science fiction, where there's a lot of contact between readers and writers as a matter of course, online and at conventions, and I would feel odd socializing and talking to people under a name not my own. (I'm used to being Prim and I like it, for the couple of boards I post on under that name. But for my work, I want to be myself.)

    4. I am unlikely to have swarms of adoring fans. I suppose one never knows :P , but it's not the sort of thing I would plan for.


Well, you have at least one fan!! Let us know when the book comes out! Have you seen the page proofs yet?
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Postby Primula_Baggins » Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:52 pm

Page proofs were a few months back, actually. It's all done and printed, and I saw it for the first time last Thursday (they Fed Exed me one copy). (You know how that feels, Edmund! :horse: )

It's officially released Tuesday in North America, online and in bookstores. I'm still chained to the sequel, which is due at the publisher in early July, so I won't be partying much until after that, alas.







Link for the curious: http://kristinlandon.com. Tiny note: Despite the cover, there are no giant guns in my book. Marketing rules all, as it must.
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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:18 pm

Primula_Baggins wrote:Page proofs were a few months back, actually. It's all done and printed, and I saw it for the first time last Thursday (they Fed Exed me one copy). (You know how that feels, Edmund! :horse: )

It's officially released Tuesday in North America, online and in bookstores. I'm still chained to the sequel, which is due at the publisher in early July, so I won't be partying much until after that, alas.







Link for the curious: http://kristinlandon.com. Tiny note: Despite the cover, there are no giant guns in my book. Marketing rules all, as it must.



I am in such awe of you! My books are so boring. Oh, to write fiction! You should be very proud of yourself.
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Postby MrsSmeagol » Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:30 am

One solution is to use your 'pornstar name'. That is, the name of your first pet for the first name and the name of the street where you lived for your surname. My name would be Candy Gardens, which I think is great for either career. :lol:
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Postby Edmund the Scholar » Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:43 am

"Frisky Lane"? Hmmm... I am not sure that would sell many books... cat treats, maybe!!
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