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The Name Game (When an Editor Wants to Remove Your Name from the Book)

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The Name Game (When an Editor Wants to Remove Your Name from the Book)

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The Name Game (When an Editor Wants to Remove Your Name from the Book)

Postby Brian » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:06 am

In every issue in Writer's Digest's InkWell section, we pose a thought-provoking question related to the writing life. In the August issue, Jenna Glatzer discusses how her name as a niche writer may have become a liability:
http://www.writersdigest.com/article/the-name-game/

Have you ever gotten trapped in a niche? How did you break out of it?

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Re: The Name Game (When an Editor Wants to Remove Your Name from the Book)

Postby PaigeVonLiber » Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:30 am

I have not, but would like to say there is nothing wrong with using a pen name for different genre / bodies of work you may do. Most writers are diverse, but readers sometimes prefer just one type and therefore will associate the author’s name with a particular genre.

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Re: The Name Game (When an Editor Wants to Remove Your Name from the Book)

Postby canerow » Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:44 pm

Is an authors name the same as a brand? If so then I think an author should use multiple brand names for multiple genres. Brands make it easier for customers to make selections by breaking down walls of doubt consumers have.

It is also easy to argue against multiple names because a strong brand makes it easier to draw a new audience and sell a new product.

What reaction would the world have if children books where published by Stephen King? I think a lot of these children books would sell, because of the curiosity this change in gene would create. I also think it would dilute his brand equity in the horror segment and confuse future clients about what the Stephen King brand stands for.

Steve King has experimented with pen names for a variety of reasons, I found this entry in Wikipedia very interesting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Ki ... rd_Bachman

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Re: The Name Game (When an Editor Wants to Remove Your Name from the Book)

Postby mammamaia » Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:49 pm

it's nothing major, you just use a pen name... i did that with a couple of different noms de plumes... one for my triple-x-rated short story series and another for a-bit-more-romancey-than-my-usual-style novel...

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