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 Since then they've been unpublished but like all books, the remnants of them are still on Amazon and Goodreads.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!
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.
That didn’t really answer my question, but thanks for sharing.
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.
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.
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!
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.
by William Benner 5 years ago
How many of you Authors use a pen name and why?I been thinking of using a pen name and was wondering how many Authors at HP use pen names.
by Imogen French 5 years ago
Is it best to use a pen name or your real name on HP, and how easy is it to change your user name?I am considering a change of name here on HP, and wondering what the implications would be. Has anybody done it, or have an opinion about it?
by The Write Life 2 years ago
Is is ok to change to a pen name on your account? I have articles on niche, not sure if it changes anything as far as that goes. Just making sure it does not throw the proverbial "wrench in the works'' Hope everyone had a good weekend happy Monday fun day to all.
by John Coviello 6 years ago
I am considering publishing a novel under a pen name. I'd like to set up author pages where it is published. Where can I find a legal photo of someone else that I can use as the image that goes with my pen name author profile? Thanks!
by Elizabeth Fairweather 2 years ago
What are your thoughts on this? I do use a pen name and I'm really torn about it. On the one hand it's convenient so that my private/public life are kept separate and I find I don't have to censor myself while writing. On the other hand, I sometimes wonder if I am not cheating...
by Erica Sanchez 5 years ago
What does your pen name mean and why did you choose it?Well My pen name is bellawritter23!Bella as we all know Beautiful in Italian....My grandfather would call me his niña bella, so it kind of stuck as I grew. Writter.... with a double tt because hubpages would not allow me to duplicate a pen name...
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