What you need to ask when considering using a pen name.
by Adam G. Fleming
Samuel Clemens did it. Should you?
Let’s get straight to the point. If you’re even asking this question, there’s a good chance the answer is “yes.” If you:
That’s a list of good reasons, but I doubt it’s comprehensive.
Here’s the key: the point of a pen name is to be considerate. You can be considerate of family members or people who appear in the story. You can be considerate of your readers and fans. You can be considerate of your own feelings or even considerate of Amazon and Google search engines.
Check out the Alliance of Independent Authors blog, The Ultimate Guide to Author Pen Names. It includes tips from real authors sharing about how they manage multiple names.
We found a helpful list of things to consider in this blog by Mindy McHorse, Legal Issues to Consider When Using a Pen Name.
There are lots of good reasons to use your own name, too. I chose to use my middle initial on all my books (Adam G. Fleming) because my name is just common enough you’ll find a few other people out there who are maybe a bit more renowned than I am. And that’s a sort of pen name, too, because I don’t walk around town telling people my name is “Adam G.”
Still not sure? Get in touch for a complementary chat and we’ll help you think it through.
Adam G. Fleming, PCC, is an ICF certified coach and trainer. He has trained people in coaching skills around the world and has also led other seminars as speaker and facilitator. Using both traditional and DIY methods, Adam has published 13 books in a variety of genres, and serves as the CEO and lead ghostwriter for Victory Vision Publishing, Inc. He lives in Goshen, Indiana, with his wife Megan and their four children. Contact: email@example.com.