I recently looked into having my works editted in true, publishing fashion (just without all the fees and hassles). While the person who was doing it was editting my piece, they instantly brought to my attention one of my "errors" that I commonly repeated. This mistake? Using a shortened, or nickname, for the character, instead of using the character's full/formal name. So I wondered, is this truly a no-no in the publishing world? Or is it something that can be over looked, as I've seen it done in some books, but not many. If you're wondering exactly what it is I'm talking about, I'll willingly give you a few examples. Example One Example Two Example Three As you can see, I do it quite often, and just about everytime I write about a character. Of course their nicknames aren't the ones I've given them, it's from other characters in the story itself. However, I still wonder about this, as I've been doing it since I first began writing, and not a person has bothered to correct me on this until just now. And yes, I went back to the books and noticed that some authors do the same, while others avoid it completely. So yeah, any advice or feedback on this would be helpful, as I'm always trying to better my writing.