Did you know the following genre fiction authors have a Nom De Plume?
Stephen King writes Horror. He also writes as Richard Bachman, Eleanor Druse, Steve King, and John Swithen.
Jack Higgins (his pseudonym) writes Mystery. He also writes as Martin Fallon, James Graham, and Hugh Marlowe.
Barbara Michaels (her pseudonym) writes gothic and supernatural Thrillers. She also writes as Elizabeth Peters.
Alistair MacLean writes Mystery. He also writes as Ian Stuart.
Eboni Snoe (her pseudonym) writes African-American Romance.
Is choosing a pen name right for you?
It’s important to know that writing under a pseudonym is a personal decision. Here are 7 reasons for doing so.
- Your real name is difficult to pronounce or spell.
- Your last name is near the bottom of the alphabet.
- Your name is too common. (Hmm. There are a lot of Tracy Campbell’s).
- You might write in different genres. If you are a woman and you want to reach a male audience, you might want to consider using a masculine name or just initials. Let’s take Romance novelist Nora Roberts, which is her real name, also writes futuristic suspense under the pen name, J.D. Robb. (I’ve thought of using T.C. Mac).
- You might want to keep aggressive fans at bay. (I should be so lucky).
- Your sales weren’t great with your first book and you want to start fresh. (Hopefully, I won’t have that problem).
Before you decide on a Nom De Plume, get a second or a third opinion because the name you choose is your brand and it could haunt you the rest of your life.
For now, I’ll stick to Tracy Campbell.
Leave a comment. I’d love to know what you think.