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A New Year, A New Pen Name
Reprieve26 becomes Suzie O'Neill
I've been writing for years with limited success under my real name. This November, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time. The challenge is simple: write a complete novel with a minimum length of 50,000 words within the 30 days of November. I'm proud to announce that I succeeded. By the end of the month I had a completed novel.
However, going into the project I knew that 30 days really isn't a lot of time. I've spent over a year on most of my other books. So, I made the decision to use the project as a way to gain some practice and have a lot of fun. I gave myself permission to be as goofy or silly as I wanted. The resulting story was a lot of fun to write, but not up to my usual standard.
Since November, I've had several friends and family members ask about my novel. The thing is that I don't think that the book would stand a chance if I follow the traditional publishing route. I had a writing friend suggest publishing the book as an e-book. After researching this option, I decided that this would be a good choice for this particular novel. However, I've had other writing friends say that since the book would essentially be self-published, it could negatively affect my chances of getting other stories published through traditional publishers in the future.
After chewing on all of this information and pondering my options, I finally came to a compromise. I decided to publish the book under a pen name. This way I still get to share the book (in e-book format) with the world, but also keep my usual author name untarnished.
So, without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to my new alter-ego: Suzie O'Neill.
Suzie is a new writer that enjoys modern technology and having a good time. She enjoys writing laid back, fun to read stories. Her first e-book, Crossroads: A Novel About Choice, will be available through Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/SuzieONeill) in January 2012.
In addition, I've decided to use the pen name, Suzie O'Neill, for all of my future online writing. In the past, I've written articles on HubPages under the name "Reprieve26." I hope that my old fans will continue to follow me under my new name.
Thank you for your support!