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Should Authors Use a Pen Name?

The use of pen names is becoming outdated. Authors should recognize that by using a pen name they might not receive the recognition that they deserve. Who knows who Samuel Langhorne Clemens is? He is only one of the most famous authors in the world. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Prince and the Pauper. His pen name is Mark Twain. Yes, everyone recognizes Mark Twain but few recognize Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

Some use a pen name to keep their lives private. It would be hard to keep your life private if your name appears on every major newspaper, social media site or television station. Most major publishers are saying that the use of pen names is outdated, unless you are already using one. Famous people in different careers are using pseudonyms such as actors, celebrities and writers to keep their lives private, because their name is hard to pronounce or for marketing purposes. Perhaps they think that a pseudonyms can help establish their brand. So to answer the question about using a pen name, I’ll let you be the judge.

If you decide on using a pen name, my suggestions are:
1. Make the name unique
2. Don’t chose a name after one of your characters in case you write several books with major characters.
3. Don’t chose a name that would conflict with any genre that you may use later on. Ex. Your pen name is Suzie Que and you write a dark fiction novel. It doesn’t go well.

Famous people with pseudonyms.
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  • Thomas Cruise Mapother IV:–Tom Cruise
  • Norma Jeane Mortenson:—Marilyn Monroe
  • Agatha Christie:– Mary Westmacott
  • J.K. Rowling:— Robert Galbraith
  • Stephen King:—Richard Bachman
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel:–Dr. Seuss
  • Esther Pauline Friedman:—Ann Landers

 

Related articles: http://blog.ezinearticles.com/2007/10/pen-name-vs-real-name.html
http://blog.ezinearticles.com/2010/02/solidify-your-brand-with-alternate-author-names.html
http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-Many-Authors-Choose-Pseudonyms&id=5518991

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Innovation & Quality: Writing for Children with WritersWebTV

Writing workshops can help new authors from anything about illustrations with animation to publishing, collaboration with editors, cover art designers to finding an agent. I recommend any author to find a great workshop to attend in your area. Read this blog about “Innovation and Quality Writing” that discusses topics about writing, finding an agent, and ways to market.
Online workshops can be just as helpful, here are some writing workshop links.
http://www.newpages.com/writing-conferences/
http://www.raleighreview.org/Writers_House.html
https://www.kenyonreview.org/workshops/writers/
http://sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com/index.shtml
http://www.sff.net/odyssey/
http://blog.nanowrimo.org/

E.R.Murray

I recently watched the inaugural live online writing workshop ‘Finding the magic: Writing for Children’ – an innovative world first from WritersWebTV, presented by Vanessa O’Loughlin of writing.ie.

Although I wasn’t sure what to expect, I’ve had lots of wonderful experiences linked to Vanessaincluding finding my agent (Sallyanne Sweeney), the place I now call home and as a result, my husband! – so I was pretty certain that it would be a quality affair.

Although it’s not usually easy, I was willing to write off a day of writing to immerse myself in advice from talented authors and industry professionals. The list was impressive, with the likes of Michael Emberley, Marie Louise Fitzpatrick, Norton Vergien, Oisin McGann and Meg Rosoff on hand to share their knowledge of the industry and writing tips, answer questions and set short writing tasks.

Even though…

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Using Different Mediums to Promote Your Books

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 You have released your first book and wonder what you can do to promote it. Consider using different media sources to promote your new release. Whether it is TV, newspapers, Internet radio shows, newspapers, magazines, podcasts, video blogs, there are several venues to promote your work. To attract media outlets it might not be as simple as black and white. It might just take some extra effort on your part. Don’t forget there are several social media promotion sites to utilize.  Don’t be afraid to ask for an interview.

1. First consider your niche market. What type of book did you write. What types of media might be interested in that niche. Whether it is a book about the economy or a Christian themed book, there are certain venues that might be willing to listen to what you have to offer.

2. Make your story unique. Find ways to get the media to listen to what you have to offer. TV programs or newspapers receive hundreds of press releases daily. Make yours stand out from the others. Give them something to report. They might be looking for a feature article. If you have written a medical type book, then that gives them something to talk about in their health section. Use your imagination and come up with something different that you can approach the reporters about.

3. Use online media to promote your book. This can be through articles, blogs or book reviews. Use Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and other social media sites.  Social media is growing drastically and it is becoming an invaluable way to market.

4. Be courteous but informative during your interview. Don’t tell them what they should do. No one likes to be bossed around. Be polite without trying to sell your book. Offer them reasons to host you on their program or on their media site.

5. Offer giveaways during media interviews. This will generate interest in your book but make sure you tell people where they can go to buy your book.

6. Advertise with local newspapers and magazines.  Get the word out that you are a new author.  Some media may contact you about an interview because you are a local author.  Offer them reasons to have you on their show.

After the interview, make sure to thank your host for their time and for allowing you to be a part of their program. Don’t be afraid to ask them to review your book. Reviews are great ways for the readers to see what your book has to offer.

Other links:

http://ezinearticles.com/?5-Tips-for-Promoting-Your-Business-Events-Using-Social-Media&id=7587184

http://ezinearticles.com/?Advertising-Promotion-Branding-and-Marketing-Through-Television&id=786951

http://ezinearticles.com/?Internet-Promotion—Advantages-and-Disadvantages&id=53561

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Advantages-of-Promoting-Cable-TV-Offers-Locally&id=5323390

Differences in Narrative and Dialogue Writing

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To fully understand the difference in writing a narrative point of view versus using dialogue, one must look at the way it is written. First look at the definition of the two. A narrative is the way a story or set of events is portrayed using descriptive accounts and experiences in either the past, present or the future. The story evolves around one or several different characters but is usually told by one person overlooking the events as they unravel. A narrative is told in this fashion for entertainment or informally to tell the story.

Now lets look at dialogue. Dialogue is usually written as a conversation between two people sometimes between one person talking to himself. This form of writing is much more fun and is used more to portray the characters in a certain likeness. If their speech is poor, you assume they come from a poor background. If they used refined elegant speech, you assume that they have been well-educated. It’s funny how reading something can show different perspectives according to the actual reader. If the reader is in a bad mood, they might see the whole story as having a dark tone. The opposite can happen if they are in a good mood. The reader has to observe the characters in their own view, as well as the way the writer intended them to be. If a writer tries to write a book for teenagers, they have to limit their vocabulary usage especially if they are much older. A person’s vocabulary is always changing from an early life until adulthood. Not two people on the earth have the same exact vocabulary. This shows how differently one person can perceive a story from another person.

One person might hate the story all together and think it is beneath them. Another person the same age might look at the story and really love it. Narrative writing is much easier to understand because the writer has more control over the intended understanding of the reader.

Other related articles: http://tracykauffman.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/what-is-point-of-view-and-how-it-changes-a-story/

http://ezinearticles.com/?Voice-in-Narrative-and-Dialogue—A-Contrast-of-Writing-Styles&id=31570

http://www.articletrader.com/science/education/writing-narrative-essay-can-be-simple-and-easy.html

http://www.articletrader.com/science/education/creative-writing-how-to-start-your-novel.html

Writers Born to Create

Student Reading a TextbookWere you born to write?  Writers are usually very creative people who love to invent anything from new stories to artistic related projects. Being creative doesn’t necessarily mean you can draw or sculpt something. Creativity deals with inventing new ways to look at the world around us. Creative people use the right side of their brains more. This means that the right brain or right hemisphere is more dominant than the left side. The right side deals with expression and creative task.

Characteristics of People that have right brain dominance are:

  • More expressive and share emotions
  • Love reading fantasy
  • Love listening to music
  • enjoy creative storytelling
  • considered dreamers
  • like to act out stories, such as in plays
  • Prefer to learn through free exploration
  • Enjoy interacting affectively with others
  • Like organizing things to show relation
  • right side controls body
  • Prefer visual instructions
  • enjoys art and attending plays
  • Enjoys writing fiction
  • Gets Bored easily
  • Thinks about more than one thing at a time
  • Has difficulty staying on task
  • Intuitive

Related links:

http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/a/left-brain-right-brain.htm

http://www.rightbrainintelligence.com/braindominanttest.htm

http://www.monroeinstitute.org/resources/brain-hemispheric-preference

Writing for Different Genres Can be Tricky

booksThere should be a distinct difference in writing for Children than Adults, because of the subject matter. Children are not capable of understanding the same things as an adult would. A theme, topic, or focus is much different for children, because their ability to grasp material and their awareness to data is much more limited than someone much older. A child’s communication and intellectual skills require memory, understanding and concentration. It is harder for a child with a small attention span to be able to sit down and read a story than a child with a longer one. Secondly children have to be able to reason and separate what they have read, understand the difference in what is fiction or fantasy. Next children have to understand vocabulary and understand descriptive language that is talked about in the story. Last of all, children have to be able to develop their own ideas of what they are reading, from things that they have learned about in the past. You would not talk about a complex topic to a small child that has no possible understanding of the subject. To be able to write or teach a young child, you have to be able to get down to their level of thinking by considering their intellectual development or understanding capabilities. This can be done by repetition of words, simple sentences vs. complex sentences and the use of pictures for descriptive purposes.

Then writing for historical fiction books instead of a plain literature fiction book has major differences? The fact is that writing in this genre is very difficult considering all the factors that go into this. Not only do you have to write the book, you have to study the person or time frame to a great extent. No one wants to portray a historical figure in a way that would be inappropriate of that person. Writing fiction does come so much easier than nonfiction because you can make the story and plot go as you would like it to go. When writing a historical fiction book one must consider the readers. What does the reader expect when buying this type of book? Another point is that an author must tell the reader in plain terms what this book is all about. Is this book merely for pleasure? Is this book a thorough detailed biography. Is the book written about someone famous but written in a completely false pretense. Even so, the author must consider whether writing about a real person without telling the whole truth could have some consequences to it. Whether it was written in a completely immoral way or in a way that was to entertain the reader. You must do your research, research things about your main character but watch the way the references portray your character. Do they give a precise time frame of events or leave some things to the imagination? Therefore I hope that this topic brings to light some important issues that an author should take into consideration in writing in this genre.

Now books written in the crime mystery genre are top sellers right now. Movies about detectives, murder, crime are making the list for books and films. This genre is interesting because it keeps the reader guessing on what will happen next. A hint of danger lures the reader into a web of deceit hoping to discover the truth before the end of the story. The author shouldn’t give too many clues to who committed the crime before the end of the book. Danielle Steel’s book Betrayal gave the answer in the middle of the book, leaving this reader wondering how she was going to end the story. I think it would have been better to find out much later than so early in the book.