Why do some writers use pen names?

Why do some writers use fake names? There are a few reasons. Maybe a lot of reasons, but these are the ones I know:

  1. A writer who writes in different genres may choose a different pen name for each genres as a way to let readers know which genre the book they are considering was written in.
  2. Writers of porn and/or erotica may not want friends and family to know what they write so they may choose pen names to hide behind.
  3. A writer may choose a pen name to help sell books. For instance, a simple name starting with one of the first letters of the alphabet makes it easier to find and remember that writer’s books than a long, unusual name that will get that book near the bottom of any list of books that’s listed alphabetically by author name.

4 responses to “Why do some writers use pen names?”

  1. I have published one book. During the years while writing the book I had decided that I would be using a pen name. When the time came to publish I had a conversation with a friend who had supported me through the journey, she encouraged me to use my real name.

  2. I’m glad you used your real name. Though there are a couple of legitimate reasons for using pen names, I always suspect that the writer does so because they are ashamed to admit they wrote the book. Clearly, you are not such a writer.

  3. Wow, this is so interesting, if I were to write a book for sure I would use my real name because I would not be ashamed or would not write about something that I would be ashamed of. If I am going to write something, I am going to write about what I believe in and not be ashamed of it. Thank you for sharing this Florence. you always have good topics. God Bless you.

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