The basis of a brand-persona? Your name.
Your name is everything.
Do you think Katy Perry would be as famous as she is today if she had gone into the pop music world using her real name, Katy Hudson? No way! Because Katy Hudson is boring. Katy Hudson sings in the church choir.
Katy Hudson was signed and then fired by two record labels. Katy Hudson just couldn’t make people believe in her music and her ability to be a star.
But Katy Perry? Katy Perry sings feisty female power songs. Katy Perry put out her first album and had 3 hit singles. Katy Perry brings a room down with her presence.
See the difference?
The same goes for J.K. Rowling. Do you think she would’ve been so successful if she had used Joanne Rowling as the author name on the first Harry Potter?
Her editors didn’t think so, which is why they recommended she change it. They told her to use a gender-neutral pen name, since most of the authors in her genre were male.
So Joanne became J.K. and the rest, as they say, is history.
What does this mean for you?
It means if you want to make yourself and your brand more marketable, you need to start by building that brand with a strong foundation. A foundation that starts with the perfect name.
You can find that perfect name with Pen Name: How To Create Yours, an eGuide from InkyBites.
What’s Pen Name All About?
Coming up with the right name isn’t always easy. Sometimes it takes a bit of inspiration to guide you to the name that’s best for you.
That’s where Pen Name comes in.
“OMG Pen Name is fantastic. It has given me much to think about. I hadn’t thought about hand writing my name (#4 in the book). This may be a game (or name) changer. Without this eye-opening, thought-provoking guide I may have regretted my decision. The worksheets will definitely help me with my final decision. The bonus is this guide is also a wonderful aid for character naming. What a fantastic resource for any writer thinking of using a pen name,”—Mary Eagan
Pen Name will:
Help You Discover Your Pen Name
You need inspiration to find the perfect name, and this guide is chock full of it. Not only that, but it also gives you more than 100 specific name examples you could adopt as your own pen name.
Guide You Through Choosing The Perfect Name
There are 6 things you should consider when analyzing each of your pen name possibilities, before you officially decide on it. These 6 things can make or break your perfect pen name.
Show You How Published Authors Do It
The guide contains a mini-profile of a published author who uses a pen name, and she offers up her best tips for successfully using and marketing your new name.
Answer The Burning Questions On Your Mind
Is it legal to use a pen name? Is it ethical? What do I do about my picture? Get answers to these frequently asked questions and others.
Make Finding Your Perfect Name Easy
Once you have your list of potential pen names, the worksheets will walk you through figuring out exactly which name on your potential list is the perfect one for you.
This eGuide even has an additional use: as a tool for helping you name your fictional characters. Which means once you have your perfect pen name, you will still get value out of this guide the next time you use it.
Who Is Pen Name For?
Pen Name is for any writer who is considering a pen name. Or even writers who are just curious.
Before you spend any time marketing your writing, first make the decision about your name. It’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your writing career.
“I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a more thorough analysis of what goes into creating and choosing a pen name. This eGuide helped me find the name I would use if I do actually decide to use a pen name (I’m still on the fence about it). I whole-heartedly recommend Pen Name for anyone considering a pen name or anyone seeking character name inspiration. I feel confident you will find what you’re looking for,”—Eva Scholtz, writer and editor
There may be other books out there about pen names, but none of them actually tell you HOW to find a name! This guide does, plus a whole lot more.