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Doug Dargel
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I've tried millions of times to come up with just one. I always tell myself this will be the one I stick with and I inevitably never ever settle on it. I can never come up with one I like and stick with. How do you pick a pen name and stick with it?

For you people that have settled on a pen name, how did you do it?

Also, is there a way to change your username?

I'm usually up for a critique and I encourage you to ask me in a PM.

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Topic starter Posted : April 15, 2020 5:39 am
MrH
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I'm guessing the first rule is not to use your pen name for your user name?

Why have a pen name?

There are a few answers to that one. If your not sticking to a particular name, then your probably not choosing the right one to begin with.

Having one that is in harmony with the market and genre it's being used for may be a good idea. Think of it as a business tool and not a personal whimsy.

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Posted : April 24, 2020 12:14 pm
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I understand several of the "big fish" (including Mr. Hubbard) use(d) several pen names, including their real name, so why couldn't you?

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Posted : April 4, 2021 7:11 am
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AlexH
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Do you have a childhood hero? You could keep your forename and use their surname.

If I kept changing pseudonyms, I guess the one I got my first sale with would be the one I'd stick with.

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Posted : April 5, 2021 7:24 am
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When Dave Wolverton read a review about his books being at the end of the aisle, or the back of the store on the bottom shelf, he created a pen name using his mother's maiden name Farland. Now Dave Farland's books are closer to the front of the store.

My mother's maiden starts with a b so I have picked that for a pen name I plan to try someday.

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Posted : April 9, 2021 9:41 am
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Dustin Adams
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I suppose I'd be parked next to Douglas Adams...

I recently saw an author with the name Nick Cole. I wonder if that's a pen.

Might go with Paige Turner...

Helen Back?

Yeah, I'd probably do something goofy. 

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Posted : April 9, 2021 10:39 am
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AlexH
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I suppose I'd be parked next to Douglas Adams...

I recently saw an author with the name Nick Cole. I wonder if that's a pen.

Might go with Paige Turner...

Helen Back?

Yeah, I'd probably do something goofy. 

If I was Welsh and wrote comedy, I'd call myself Dai Laffyn.

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Posted : April 9, 2021 11:27 am
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Agathon
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I didn't feel like I had a choice.

My name is the same as a famous criminal and even though it's been four decades, I don't want someone searching Amazon and seeing biographies of THAT guy.

My maternal grandmother's maiden name is pretty cool and I really admire the sculpture of Agathon Leonard (which is also an assumed name). The two seemed to fit.

Therefore, I use Agathon McGeachy. I use that name for all my creative endeavors now.

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Posted : April 13, 2021 9:04 am
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