So, how do people feel about pen names? Do you have any? Also, if you've been published, how does that work? I'm sure the publisher has to know what your real name is. I work in a used bookstore, and I've been noticing that most of our authors have last names A-D. Like, a ton of them. It's the first four letters of the alphabet, but it's around 35% of our books. There's so many Browns, it's ridiculous. So if you want a pen name, I suggest choosing one that doesn't end in those letters. Or, conversely, if you have a last name that ends in A, B, C, or D, you may want to consider a pen name. Also, not the letter W. There's a ton of those. Rarer letters are E and O, and R is pretty good. Latter half letters tend to be better, as the earliest letters generally comprise half of our books. Y is always good, but if you specialize in science fiction then Z is pretty overused. Maybe it's silly, but you may want to try for a rarer letter to be more noticeable and memorable. I highly recommend pen names for any Jacksons, Browns, Williams, Wilsons, Griffiths, or Martins.