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How To Come Up With Good Pen Names For Authors

by | Feb 2, 2015 | Tips For Writers | 3 comments

How To Come Up With Good Pen Names For Authors

Pen names are useful for both fiction and non-fiction writers. There are several reasons why an author may choose to write under a pen name. If you’ve been going back and forth on whether a pen name would be suitable for you, consider the reasons listed below and make an informed decision on pen names for authors.


7 Reasons To Consider Pen Names For Authors!

  • If you’re writing in a different genre and you don’t want to confuse your readers…
  • If you’re writing in a genre that you feel might compromise your career…
  • If your book deals with a more sensitive topic like: religion, politics, or sex…
  • If you have a first or last name that’s difficult to say or spell…
  • If you have an idea for a really marketable author name that you believe will work better than your own name…
  • If you are a male or female that is writing in a genre that’s common to the opposite sex…
  • If you just want to try writing in a new genre…


You might want to try a pen name!

There are a lot of ways to come up with pen name ideas. Be creative!


    • Consider baby name sites. Every year they produce a list of the most popular names.
    • Use creative names that garner a certain image. For example, a cookbook writer named B. Cooks.
    • Consider names that reflect the image you want to present. For example Rich Jones.
    • Include initials.


Again be creative, this is step one in beginning to brand your image. Are you considering a pen name? Please share in the comment section below.

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  1. Lori

    I’m working on writing about my life growing up in a highly dysfunctional family. I’m concerned about using not only my real name, but that of my family members. Any guidance and feedback would be welcome.

    • Stefanie

      You can either fictionalize your experience or write under a pen name to protect your identity.

  2. bridge4hearts

    I think using a pen name can be good. Quite a number of authors have done that successfully.