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To Change or not to change? ~ Changing your author name

There are many reasons why authors change their pen name:

  1. To write in a different genre. (Joanna Rowling didn’t want her book ‘Casual Vacancy’ to be identified with her Happy Potter series.)
  2. To write incognito if the author doesn’t want friends and family to identify them.
  3. To have a fresh start.
  4. To distinguish between their non fiction and fiction.

When is it possible to change your name?

  1. When publishing a new book.
  2. When your book is not currently published, say you are taking over the rights from a publishing company. In this case you must type on the ISBN page (with a new ISBN) that the book has been previously published under ‘Jane Tull’ by Fabric Press, for example.
  3. When you have not yet clicked publish if self publishing.
  4. Before submitting it to publishing companies.
  5. At the advice of your agent.
  6. When you have self published on Kindle and you change everything which refers to your name from ‘June Tull’ inside your manuscript but also write a comment ‘previously published under the name ‘Jane Tull’ on the ISBN page.

You cannot change your name on a paperback once it is published because the ISBN reflects the metadata of the book.

Why am I writing this?

I had this hair-brained idea after such a long break from releasing new novels, that I would like to add an initial M to my pen name. Why:

  • to make my name more consistent with my blog:

http://www.dianamj.wordpress.com ~ Diana M Jackson’s News, Muse and Reviews

  • make my name consistent with my website:

http://www.dianamaryjackson.co.uk

  • to be more unique to my writing and distinguish myself from an unidentified Diana Jackson who has published a long line of psychology books which are nothing to do with me.

Please learn from my mistakes

When I was first published as an author with my debut novel Riduna, I had no idea of author branding, appearing on the Internet in a consistent way, or the best reasons to choose a name. I was just interested in getting my first novel published and was thrilled to share it with others.

Here are two blogs well worth reading if you have not yet published yourself.

The first by an author I really respect Joanna Penn

Here’s another good series of blogs on author branding

I’m quite happy with my pen name Diana Jackson, after all it is my maiden name, but I might consider adding an initial if I write quite a different series in the future, or if I write non fiction.

What do you think?

 

 

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Next Three Challenges to Getting in the Zone ~ More Small Steps to Book Marketing

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A month ago on my blog post ~ Getting in the Zone~  I set myself three challenges so how am I doing?

  1. To get to know the #Writing Community on Twitter, because the writing world can be a bit lonely having moved away from your support group.

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#WritingCommunity are a lively bunch of folks always asking fun questions about writing life, your characters and your novel or current project. @JuliaColbourn @Marylee MacDonald and @LombardEmma I’ve connected to most. Great encouragers!

2.  To write regular blog post.

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I’ve really succeeded in this one, my post ‘Getting in the Zone, being the most read but I’ve just set up a campaign to sell ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ in aid of Kirkcaldy Foodbank and this has generated an abundance of posts quite naturally.

3. To use my Book Trailer for ‘Murder Now and Then’

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I’m afraid I posted it on twitter once and on Facebook and then forgot all about it.

As the song goes, Two out of Three ain’t Bad.

My next Three Book Marketing Challenges

  1. Follow Back

Over the years I have become very remiss at following back folks on Twitter. At first this was so that I could see the people’s tweets I wanted to see, which is all very well, but it is not very kind, so I’ve decided to follow back and try to set up Lists so that I can see those with whom I interact with most. Here are instructions I just googled:

To create a List:
  1. Visit your Lists page via the gear icon drop-down menu or by clicking Lists on your profile page.
  2. Click Create List.
  3. Name the List & provide a description.
  4. Designate the List as Public or Private.
  5. Save the List.

     2. Quiz

Set up a quiz so that I can practice using forms and email and begin to get a real buzz with people on Facebook and Twitter.

   3. Hootsuite

Relearn how to use Hootsuite. It looks soooo complicated now since I used it three years ago, but to put it simply, it allows you to schedule tweets and Facebook posts so that you can rationalise your free time but keep a presence. That does not mean that all my posts will be scheduled. I love the banter of Twitter and Facebook in real-time too, and that is so important but it certainly helps time management.

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Book Launch ~ a Positive Postponement

A sense of peaceA Positive Postponement

I had intended to launch my new novel this autumn. This promise has been hanging over me until just now, when I read one of my favourite blogs for information, hints and advice regarding self publishing.

BOOKSDESIGNER.COM

This suddenly set me free. I’m nowhere near ready for a book launch this autumn and I suddenly decided to postpone it. No guilt, no anxious fretting ~ just peace.

Family Comes First

Family matters have been taking up 90% of my time of late and in the end family comes first. Instead of being disappointed it has made me quite excited, because out of the fog of indecision and thanks to bookdesigner.com I now have a plan to follow.

Proper Preparation for a Book Launch

You see, I’ve been going to write a plan for weeks now, but I have just never found the time or the space to think.

I hope my new novel will be published in the spring of next year but meanwhile I’ll let you know each step I’m taking to make it ready. Instead of being depressed about this I feel empowered.

I hope this post can be an encouragement to others.

best wishes

Diana

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