5 Reasons Why You Should Write Under a Pen Name


As an author, there are a lot of decisions that you’ll have to make regarding your writing—self-publish or traditional publishing, eBook or paper book or both, pen name or given name? The list goes on and on. In order for your book to be among the best books online, you’re going to need to spend some time doing your research and making the best-informed decision for your particular book.

Whether you are a new author getting ready to publish your first novel, or you are a published author branching out into a new genre, deciding whether or not to use a pen name has probably crossed your mind. A pen name, also referred to as pseudonyms or noms de plume, are becoming increasingly popular. Authors are electing to use a pen name to publish their books rather than their given name for various reasons. Some of these reasons include:

  1. Privacy

Using a pen name allows for authors to write any genre without their work being directly correlated to them. This is useful when an author writes a novel that is contrary to their established profession. Other times, authors elect to write under a pen name when their work is erotic, and they would rather not let their family, friends, neighbors, or church group link their work directly back to them.

  1. Branding

Choosing the right pen name can evoke the correct tone that correlates with the genre that you are writing. Authors may elect to have a different pen name for each genre that they write. Having the right pen name can create the appropriate branding that readers can associate with the genre. This also provides authors who have bombed under one name, to receive a fresh start by writing under another assumed name.

  1. Eliminate Confusion

Authors whose given name is a popular name, may elect to adopt a pen name to eliminate confusion. Having multiple authors with the same name makes it harder for readers to find your specific novel. Having the same name as another author can create a lot of confusion for not only your fans, but theirs as well. Try to find a pen name that is unique to you and your genre to eliminate confusion.

  1. Readable

If you have a name that is long, hard to read or pronounce, you should consider adopting a pen name. Nowadays readers are looking for short names that jump out at them, and are increasingly skipping over long, hard to read author names. Keep this in mind when selecting the pen name that you are going to publish your novels under.

  1. Collaboration

Often times, when two or more co-writers work together on a publication they will select a single pen name to publish under.

When you write a well-crafted novel that your readers will love, and can be classified among the best books online, no one will be the wiser whether your published under a pen name or not!

Dorothy Latch

The author Dorothy Latch