1. kate zold

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    Questions re: photos and pen names

    Discussion in 'Marketing' started by kate zold, Oct 13, 2017.

    Hello writers.

    I have a pen name to separate my fiction from my other career/actual identity. I don't necessarily plan to keep it a secret forever, at least to family. That said I'm not ready to "come out". Is it alright to not post a photo of myself on my blog/facebook/instagram? (I don't consider myself photogenic anyway! ha). If it's okay not to upload a photo of myself now, should I plan on having to do it in the future, say, when getting ready to (self?) publish?

    Also, about pen names and info --- is it okay to give information about, say, the degrees that I have, or should I keep that kind of information separate from my pen name identity?

    Thanks.
     
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    Hi, and welcome. :superhello:


    @BayView would be the person to talk to about this as she
    uses a pen name (several actually). I hope you get the help
    you need. Good Luck. :)
     
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    I don't include photos of myself in any forum or medium associated with my pen name. Due to the content of my books (explicit m/m romance) I am only open about my writing with select people who know me in real life. I use the avatar I'm using here on the boards as my profile pic on Twitter and on the bio page of my website.
     
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    Well that settles that. No photo!

    I'm still unsure about sharing details. How does one, using a pen name, claim to work in a specific field and hold a degree in said field, when someone could claim, "Hang on, there's no one in that field by that name!" I'm overthinking things, aren't I?
     
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    I am unsure of what you are writing, but I would put less
    personal info on the About the Author profile page.
    Take a look around at what other authors with pen names
    have done when filling out their 'bio' page.

    Nora Roberts writes under J. D. Robb, and on her about page
    it shows her picture and states that she uses the pseudonym.
    But if you are looking to keep your work anonymous to your
    personal life, like Miss Laurin Kelly does. Then I would just
    put out as few impersonal facts about yourself, to keep your
    personal life separate from your pen names. Just use vague things
    that cannot be traced back to you directly. Just list a few indirect
    details about yourself, and let it go.

    Out of morbid curio, what do you do that you feel the need to
    address it, in relation to what you are writing?
     
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    or you could make up a life story and use a model .... expect to get called out on social media when you re found out though
     
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    Actually, nothing. I'm glad you asked. It doesn't really matter, in the end. :)
     
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    I have an open pen name. My friends and family (and students) know I'm writing, and the pen name is mostly to keep the fiction separate from the poetry and non-fiction, and because my real name is harsh and constantly mispronounced. I joined Twitter this past week under the pen name and put up an actual photo of me. Will I regret it? Don't know! So far I have only 5 followers and only three of them are real people. I'm still feeling my way around.
     
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    Some of my friends already know this is my pen name, but your reasons are the same as mine - awkward surname, and separation.

    I am going to keep on being semi-anon but in the long run yeah, I'm pretty sure I'll publicly claim the pen name, photo and all.
     
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    All publicity is.... What
     
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    If you wanted to be an authority or expert in a certain niche then I'd suggest your real name, otherwise, a pen name is fine to keep the two separate. Best of luck.
     
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    I’m in the same boat as you. My given name, along with maiden and married names are all really tough for people to manage. I’ve been debating if I’ll publish under initials (a la JK Rowling) because my maiden name is very unique and could lend a recognizable edge or if I’ll just use a pseudonym to keep my writing separate from my personal life. Still debating.
     
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    I'm using a pen name to keep my fiction writing separate from non-fiction, and because I want to keep my fiction writing well away from my co-workers. Unless you want to tie the two names together, you can't claim your degrees and titles, which sucks...but it can also be good for the writing, because the writing has to stand on its own. That makes me work even harder at it.
     
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