What do Lewis Carrol, Mark Twain, and Dr. Seuss have in common? They all wrote under a pen name.
Those are some pretty big names, so it certainly makes a writer wonder: Should I use a pen name?
What’s In a Pen Name?
We’re doing two interrogations this month because the Write Practice community is a publishing machine lately!
First up is Carole Wolfe. She time secreted the latest book in her women’s story lines. She also lives a double life.( Dun, dun, duuunnn !)
Carole writes under a pseudonym. She’s here to talk about the whys, whens, and hows of using a pen name( and she also constricted in some self-publishing tips ).
Read Carole Wolfe’s latest tale for yourself. Click now to get your copy of My Best Decision . What IS a Pen Name?
A pen name a fictitious name used in place of your legal figure in your professional writing career.
There are several rationalizations to consider one. Privacy and writing in multiple categories are the top reasons.
I’ve also are aware of novelists have them if their real list is hard to pronounce, if it’s too close to another author’s, or if they conceive their epithet doesn’t “fit” with their genre.
Escaping preconceptions of various chassis is unfortunately still one of the most common intellects to use a pen name.( I even considered applying a pen name because I’m a female writing in a “male” category. Ultimately, I decided everyone can only deal with that fact and I use my real reputation .)
Okay , now that we’re on the same sheet, let’s get to Carole!
Meet Carole Wolfe
Carole Wolfe started telling legends in the third grade and hasn’t stopped since. While she no longer shows her stories with crayon, Carole still squanders her messages to help readers escape the daily setbacks of life. Her debut novella, The Best Mistake, follows a single mummy as she stumbles through one mishap after another.
When Carole isn’t writing, she is a stay-at-home mom to three busy kiddos, a move partner, and a dog who concludes she is a cat. Carole enjoys running at a leisurely gait, crocheting baby blankets for donation, and drinking wine-colored when she can find the time. She and her family live in Texas.
She’s ALL OVER social media, but you can connect with her profiles( and get a free story !) via her website.
Get to Know Carole’s Work
Hi, Carole! This interview has been a long time coming! I was so glad to see you release the second book in your succession, My Best Decision, last week. Can you tell me a little about the book and the My Best series in general?
So happy to be here! I’ve been hanging around The Write Practice for more than four years and I’m energized to share what I’ve learned.
My Best Decision follows Sara Shaw, a dependable attorney who outdoes at her responsibility, but tends to let her family stress her out. Her OCD propensities get the better of her when the hustler who embezzle her sister’s husband incites up trouble. Sara menaces her stable honour by leaping before appearing, then has to figure out how to exchange herself to a handsome new advocate who shows up in city. She has to decide if she’s going to strike out on her own, or stick around playing the steadfast hometown daughter.
The My Best series is women’s fiction that will realise you smile. The light-hearted books are meant to be quick speaks that let the reader removed from the daily grind. It’s the expedition of how the characters deal with the daily hiccups in life with a little bit of relationship and some roars shed in along the way.
Why exploit a pen name?
You use a pseudonym in your writing. I often get questions from writers about consuming pen names. Some newer writers think it’s a requirement to be a writer, which isn’t true-life. Though there are plenty of reasons to go with one! Why did you decide to write under a pseudonym?
While it’s not a requirement, there are lots of good reasons to use a pseudonym. I chose to use one for several reasons.
My real refer is pretty common and there are already a few writers with the same name. The pseudonym offers some dissociation between my real life and my writing life. I have the flexibility to add a pen name if I decide to change genres.
And quite frankly, it’s fun to become someone else!
Choosing a pen name takes some design
How did you go about choosing your pen name?
My pen name is in memory of my grandmother. She died long before I publicized anything, but she was always telling beings I would be acclaimed eventually. Not sure I need to be famed, but I recognize her foundation and sentiment in me!
Side note: It’s good to think about a pen name for a while before you select one. Consider the category you are writing in and how easy the call is to spell.
While I adore my pen name, I didn’t consider that Wolfe might not be the best name for women’s fiction. It isn’t as upbeat of a list like Goodwin or Sweet. And I adopted refers that are able spelled different ways. I’m always telling parties it is Carole with an e!
On living a “double life”
I think the biggest issue enclose pen names is how much to use the name itself. Now at The Write Practice, we normally tell kinfolks to use their pen name in everything they do publicly. Basically, is living in your pen name. Do you do that? Do you sentiment if people know your real honour? Is it is very difficult keeping your real name and your pen name separate?
That is great advice, and I wish I had done that from the beginning. I didn’t opted a pen name until after I started with The Write Practice so you will find me by my real word in the Pro workshops.
Outside of The Write Practice, I do “live under my pen name.” I have a separate email address and social media chronicles for my pen name, and plainly my columnist website wonders my pen name. I retain my real self out of my pen name’s way as much as possible. I don’t mind people knowing my real list, but for marketing determinations, it is important to keep consistent.
It makes some planning to keep things separate, but it isn’t that hard. It made me a month or two to get used to signing emails with my pen name, but after that, it was pretty normal.
Things get slightly more complicated if you have multiple pen names and maintain the websites and social media histories that go along with each specify. Before you set up multiple pen names, make sure you consider why you are doing it. It is possible to use the same pen name in different, associated categories like act and thrillers, but if you branch out from romance to write horror, then a second pen name is warranted.
Carole’s self-publishing journey
You’ve self-published two diaries now and have a free short story up on your website. Can you tell me a bit about your self-publishing journey? Why did you decide to go with self-publishing and how has it been for you so far?
I’ve always wanted to be a published generator and originally speculated traditional publishing was the only way to go. I swiftly realise I didn’t have the persistence or inclination to wait for someone to pick me. So I followed Seth Godin’s advice and picked myself.
Once I established the decision to self-publish, it has been a sluggish, but continuous wander. Only like everybody else, I have a family and other indebtedness so I don’t get to spend as much time on writing as I wishes to. I do make sure I do something writing-related every day, even if it is only for a few minutes.
One key thing for me has been to set annual writing aims and revisit them regularly, at least formerly a few months. I don’t accomplish everything I set out to do, but they give me focus and something to work toward daily, weekly, and monthly.
What’s your top self-publishing tip?
Keep good records. I have a master document that consists of things like ISBN numerals, pricing info, keywords, and etch format immensities. You won’t remember all of this substance and you need it more often than you realize. So write it down, etch it out and back it up!
On the balancing routine of the self-published writer
How much season do you devote to marketing, website maintenance, etc.( all the things that go with self-publishing )? How do you offset that with writing?
I write before I do anything else. Whatever my goal is for the day( a particular text counting, a draft of a section, etc .), I make sure that does done prior to any other self-publishing acts. Not exclusively do I prefer to write, I know that I don’t have anything to market if the words don’t get written. Writing time varies from thirty minutes to a couple of hours on a good day!
As far as all the things that go into self-publishing, I designate specific blocks for my activities. I waste a couple of hours on Sundays creating and monitoring ads as well as writing blog positions and newsletters. On Thursdays, I take an hour to post and reply to social media. I earmark thirty minutes on Fridays for business topics( i.e. paying invoices ).
Unless I am propelling a volume or changing out content on my website, I spend an hour or so a month on website upkeep. That being said, I wasted eight hours this last weekend adding new structures and changing out bibles and data for a brand-new email automation successions.
Other things–like working with a decorator for a work sheathe, a narrator on the audiobook, or an journalist on developmental or facsimile editing–take time, but that time is usually spread out over the course of a few cases weeks.
Around launch time, I devote a great deal of hour formatting and uploading the books for pamphlet. I use Vellum, which is simple to use, but it does take time to check and double-check formatting.
Then it takes time to upload all of the different folders to the various retailers. I am wide and I use Draft2Digital as an aggregator, but I still invest the better part of a workday uploading plows and files to Amazon, Kobo, Ingram Spark, and Google. A soothing music soundtrack playing in the background is key for that!
Final writing tips
Any other writing tips you’d like to share?
First, keep writing, even on daylights when nothing seems to work.
Second, cultivate rapports with other columnists. The writers here in The Write Practice are amazing and I am fortunate to call many of them friends. I trust them to give me feedback and tell me when I mess up–which I do with regularity.
Writing is an individual activity, but it is much more fun and far easier when you have friends who can help you.
Choose Your Pen name Wisely
Should you use a pen name? If you’re seriously considering a pen name, make your time to think it over. Choosing a pseudonym isn’t something to be taken lightly.
Once you have your professional name supported it’s going to be really hard to switch to a different call if you unexpectedly decide you don’t like it anymore. And recollect, as Carole said, you were supposed to ” live” under that reputation a great deal of the time, so you’d better like it!
Have you ever considered a pen name? What list would you choose and why? Let me know in the comments!
For today’s practice, named a timer for fifteen minutes and write on the following prompt 😛 TAGEND
The name of a coworker you’ve been working with for years isn’t actually their mention. How do you find out? How do you feel about it? Why is this person running by a different name?
Don’t forget to share your writing in the comments. And make some “ve been wanting to” your person columnists by provide comments on their writing!
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