A pen name or nom de plume is a name made up by an author if their name is incompatible with the book's title or may be confused with another author's name.
The Good Aspects of a Pen Name
- The author's real name may not fit with the book's title.
Example: 'Blood of My People' Anita Riana rather than, 'Blood of My People' by Shurlee Kennan.
The influence and author's name has on the title of the book is very important.
- If the author wishes to remain anonymous, a pen name is a good way to do that.
- By using a pen name, an author can continue a normal life without having the hindrance of being famous.
The Bad Aspect of a Pen Name
- For an author, their choice of a pen name can hurt their acceptance for publishing. A beginning author already has little leverage with publishers and should not use a pretentious or gimmicky pen name.
- If the author's book, which they are publishing with a pen name, becomes popular, they will have to continue writing under that name. Their real names are often rejected when sent to publishing companies.
- Many authors use pen names so that if one book is not liked, then they will simply switch to a different pen name so that they are not rejected based on their name. The author may be brought to court for this.
Authors Who Have Used Pen Names
|real name||wrote as|
|Samuel Langhorne Clemens||Mark Twain|
|Eric Arthur Blair||George Orwell|
|Esther Pauline Friedman||Ann Landers|
|Charles Lutwidge Dodgson||Lewis Carroll|
|Mary Ann Evans||George Eliot|