Should I use a pen name?

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  1. poppyr profile image92
    poppyrposted 13 months ago

    Hi, everyone. A few of you may know I got two books published a couple of years ago by a publishing company. The company was awful: they didn't edit or proofread, insisted I had to do marketing while they raked in almost all the profits, and got shirty when I suggested changes. I ended up dumping them. Problem is, readers who had read my books pointed out some problems with them that weren't addressed by beta readers out of politeness, I think (I was quite young at the time). They were published under my real name. Since then they've been unpublished but like all books, the remnants of them are still on Amazon and Goodreads.

    I'm hoping to send query letters again next year for a new book I've written. I don't want those early books, which weren't my best work, to be on my 'record,' as it were. Do you think I should use a pen name? Any potential agent or publisher would have to know my real name anyway but I want to sort of distance myself between the new books and the old.

    I'm under no illusions that I'm going to get super famous or anything, but as I said I don't want that "stain" on my record.

    In addition, would I be legally obligated to tell any potential future agent or publisher about said books? I consider them failures because of the horrible treatment they had and the fact that people were too nice to point out mistakes, which shook my confidence for years. I also have a short story I self-published (which did get nice reviews) but have since deleted.

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated!

  2. jayden4440 profile image61
    jayden4440posted 13 months ago

    hi my name is jayden i just signed up

    1. poppyr profile image92
      poppyrposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Wrong thread, Jayden.

  3. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 13 months ago

    I am writing a book and considering using a pen name. The story I share is personal and I'm not sure I want to attach my name to it. Lol. Thanks for starting this thread. smile

    1. poppyr profile image92
      poppyrposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      That didn’t really answer my question, but thanks for sharing.

    2. DrMark1961 profile image97
      DrMark1961posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      If your book is on great recipes for chocolate chip cookies I want a cut!
      (I hardly ever get over here to the dark side of the forums but am glad I did today since I saw your post. I hope you are doing well.)
      tl;dr : a pithy yet meaninful remark.

  4. poppyr profile image92
    poppyrposted 13 months ago

    Haha looks like we’ve gone a bit off-topic.

    1. DrMark1961 profile image97
      DrMark1961posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I think I am infamous for that. I hope you are not going to report me to the off-topic police!!!!!

      1. poppyr profile image92
        poppyrposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        LOL! You'd better run Mark, they're after you!

  5. EvieSparkes profile image84
    EvieSparkesposted 13 months ago

    I use a pen name For YA fiction and I don't intend to disclose this when querying for agents for my adult fiction book. Effectively you're a different person.

    Evie x

  6. Cheeky Kid profile image96
    Cheeky Kidposted 13 months ago

    It's funny that last night, the "Hubpages Weekly" pro tips section said something about how users of the forum should always "stick to the topic" of a thread. But then again, this comment of mine isn't sticking to the topic either. Ha Ha Ha!

  7. Ronna Pennington profile image82
    Ronna Penningtonposted 12 months ago

    I don't think it's necessary to use a pen name for your new works. This kind of stuff is bound to happen frequently. A good publishing company will recognize the names of poor publishers and that won't reflect on you. Depending on your genre, just seeing that you've been published previously may even be an asset.


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