Monday, October 14, 2013

Guest Post + Spotlight ~ The Way She Makes Me Feel by Pembroke Sinclair

10 Tips To Writing Under a Pen Name

1. Pick something that you like. You are the one who is stuck with the name and has to promote it, make sure it makes you happy.

2. Pick something you don’t mind being called. Readers are going to know you by your pen name, not necessarily your real name. Make sure you pick something you don’t mind being called in public and that you will respond to.

3. Pick something that people will be able to find easily in a Google search.

4. Set up email addresses, blogs, and websites using that name so you are easy to find and communicate with.

5. Pick something that is fitting to your genre. I write under several different names, including my real name (generally reserved for nonfiction). If you write children’s and adult books, it’s best to have a separate name for children’s so they don’t stumble across some of your adult books that could upset them.

6. Pen names can be a good way to keep your true identity hidden, but someone out there will always know the truth.

7. Contracts can’t usually be signed with your pen name, so be prepared to tell publishers your real name.

8. Pen names allow you to create whatever persona you want. You can become your own character!

9. Let that persona become a part of you and portray it when interacting with readers. 

10. Remember that you don’t need a pen name to be successful, but if you decide to use one, make it the most successful name you can!

Drake Steng had it all: a professional football career, money, and looks. Finding women wasn't a problem, having a relationship was. He thought he found true love when he was 12, but as a boy, how was he to know? He never had the courage to find out, and she slipped from his grasp. When Evie walks back into his life years later, he gets a second chance to discover true love, but are Evie and Drake fated to be together or will he lose his courage and lose her again?

Short Excerpt:

She sat at the opposite side of the bar. Her blond hair hung in a ponytail, allowing me to see the edges of a tattoo on her right shoulder blade. She was out of place. The bar didn’t have a formal dress code, but women didn’t walk through the doors unless their make-up was just so and every hair in its right place. Their clothes were low cut, tight, and revealing—very little was left to the imagination.

Her manner of dress differed. She wasn’t slovenly or dirty, but her black tank top and faded jeans didn’t match the ambiance. She wasn't wearing any make-up. She didn’t seem to be overly concerned with attracting the attention of any of the athletes either. Most of the women giggled a little too loudly, their gazes scanning desperately around the room, hoping to contact with someone famous. They always seemed to be moving too, pacing back and forth in front of whoever needed to notice them.

About the Author:

In 2009, eTreasures Publishing published my first novel, a sci fi adventure story. Since then, they have published my two YA zombie novels, my religious zombie novella, two children’s picture books, and two novellas with romantic elements. I have an urban fantasy novel about dragons and a vampire novelette that was published by MuseItUp Publishing. Musa Publishing has published my novelette with romantic elements and a collection of short stories. I have a middle grade urban fantasy novel that was published by Little Devil Books. My nonfiction book about slasher films was published by Scarecrow Press.

Writing is my passion. I enjoy creating fantastic worlds and memorable characters. I’m an active promoter of my works and love to talk to readers at book signings and readings. Doing giveaways on Goodreads has been an exciting experience, and having contests for readers has been fun. I actively promote various authors on my blog and participate in blog tours to promote my own work.

I write under several different pen names. For my children’s titles, I write under J.D. Pooker, and for my YA and adult novels, I write under Pembroke Sinclair. My nonfiction work is done under my real name.

I am a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and am on a committee to create membership criteria for iPAL, which is a sister group to the Published Authors Liaison group and focuses on independent and self-published authors. I am also a member of the ALA and really enjoy doing library visits.

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