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    What do you think of this name?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Jonalexher, Dec 27, 2010.

    This post is inspired by Elgaisma's "pen-name" post :p

    My initials are J.A.H.

    My middle name is Alexander, so I decided to use:

    J.H. Alexander as my "pen-name," although it's not really a pen name, is it?
    I'm pretty sure everybody can see the resemblance with J.K. Rowling, haha.
    Do you think it'll be a good name?
     
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    As a reader, I don't really care what name a writer uses. I judge a book by its writing, not by the name of the writer. If you like the name, then go ahead and use it.
     
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    Yes. Of course the reader cares about the writing more than anything :]
    Sometimes I go out and buy a book that was recommended to me without even knowing the author's name.
    But it's nice if the author's name has a nice ring to it. For example: Dan Brown, Robin Cook, Tom Clancy, J.K. Rowling, etc.
     
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    Come on folks...if you can't even make an executive decision on a pen name how are you going to get anything done? You know when you can decide on your name - when you write "THE END" at the end of your finished book.
     
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    According to your profile, your first name is Jonathan. If you name is then, Jonathan Alexander, I think you should stick with that. Your parents did a good job naming you. Your name has a very powerful and beautiful ring to it. However, it's a long name to put on a cover of a book, admittedly.

    You could shorten it to John Alexander, and it would still have a powerful sound to it. It's a very writerly name isn't it? John, of course, was the writer of the best of the four Gospels. Alexander was a great conqueror.

    It's a very auspiscious name. To shorten it to J.H. Alexander is like carrying a twelve-pack through a muddy trailer park in a wedding dress.

    That's my opinion, anyway.
     
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    Well thank you, sir. Haha, yeah, I want to add Alexander in there because of the conqueror. And thank you for the name compliment. Edward is a nice name as well.

    "It's a very auspiscious name. To shorten it to J.H. Alexander is like carrying a twelve-pack through a muddy trailer park in a wedding dress."

    hahaha
     
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    I agree.

    'What's in a name ? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.' - Shakespeare

    The Bard knew what he was talking about all those years ago, and it still holds good today.

    It all depends on the quality of the writing - not the name of the author.
    But if you have a complicated name that is difficult to pronounce then simplify it.
    I can't see anything wrong with your own name, it sounds fine to me.
     
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    J.H. Alexander doesn't sound like J.K. Rowling. If it were J.H. Ramling or something there might be a problem, but your pen name will be fine. :)
     

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