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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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A Great Big Thank You to Bakers Field and Public Image in Kirkcaldy

Much thanks to the lovely people at

Bakers Field Cafe

in Tolbooth Street, Kirkcaldy

(a welcoming wee cafe)

and to

Public Image

in The Olympia Arcade, Kirkcaldy

(the folks there have a vision and such positive energy)

for agreeing to sell ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ in aid of

The Kirkcaldy Foodbank.

Much appreciated.

 

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The Story of Nellie Rault’s Grave ~ Lives on!!!

Nellie Rault’s grave in Haynes churchyard

Nellie Rault’s unsolved murder back in 1919, one hundred years ago, inspired my murder mystery Murder Now and Then set in two time zones, 1919 and 2019.  As I explained in my talk the other day, Nellie continues to haunt me in various ways with unsolved mysteries today including a strange email from the Luton Paranormal Society!  When I first found her grave in St Mary’s churchyard Haynes, Bedfordshire, her cross was at such a precarious angle, it looked as if she was trying to get out. If you look closely at this photo the horizon is not horizontal ~ the ground is actually flat and not sloping at all ~ I’ve turned the camera off kilter!

 

When a friend of mine went looking for Nellie’s grave a couple of months back, to his dismay the cross has fallen over altogether. After asking me if I’d be interested in helping to raise the money to restore it, which I immediately said yes to, he wrote to the parish council. He had a nice email back saying that, because it is a Commonweath War Grave from WW1, the commission would visit and lay the stone flat on the ground.

Much to my friend’s surprise he received another email a couple of weeks ago saying that Nellie’s grave had been mysteriously restored

Nellie Rault’s grave restored

in the night and that the Parish Council had no idea who the benefactor was. I promise it wasn’t me but nevertheless I’m pleased it is restored so well. Above is a photo of the grave is in all its glory! The ground is flat as you can see.

Murder Now and Then can be ordered from Waterstones or bought from Amazon.

viewbook.at/MurderNowandThen

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