CHOOSING YOUR AUTHOR NAME

choosing your author name

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, Shakespeare wrote, but what author name do you want to use for your books? You may not have chosen your birth name, but you do have a choice when it comes to choosing your author name.

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THE SECRET TO FINDING YOUR VOICE AS A WRITER

Often, aspiring writers are concerned about creating a unique voice in their writing. They want to sound like no one else, to express themselves in a way that thousands or even millions of people will find compelling. Maybe it’s unrealistic that any of us will truly sound like no one else, but we like to…

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YOU CAN EDIT YOUR LIFE–THOUGHTS ON MEMOIR WRITING

wastebasket and crumpled paper illustrating the idea that yes, you can edit your life when writing a memoir

A client reported to me that a professional in the industry had made this observation after reading the book proposal for this client’s memoir: “You can’t edit your life.” I told her, “I disagree….” … Yes, you can edit your life. You can edit the stories of family members, ex-lovers, and friends, and even leave them out of your tale if you like.

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Be True to Your Vision As an Author

Cinematherapy book jacket illustrating the idea that it's important to be true to your vision as an author.

a writer, you have to accept that to be true to your vision may mean saying no to a potential book publishing deal. It may mean that a literary agent will drop you from her roster. My advice is to feel your fear and then, let it go. You might need to make many submissions to get an agent or in-house editor who shares your vision, so don’t give up prematurely.

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