Writing status: Revising my completed manuscript #ameditingYou guyz crack me up, you really do.
What I write: MG fiction plus a non-fiction
Tentative date to start querying: Jan 2019
Time to start building writer's online presence: NOW (if not yesterday!)
Problem: My name
My first and last name are difficult to both pronounce and spell. I'm worried that using my legal name could make it hard for readers to find my books (eg Google Search for author/title). Using a pen name seems like a good solution. At this point in my writing career, I want to start tweeting, building a writer's website, and maybe blogging down the road. Obviously this would all get set up under the name I'm planning to use if/when I publish. Being a typical nervous woodland creature, I wanted to check with the QOTKU before taking the plunge.
One recommendation is to pick a pen name that doesn't compete with any other major names or persons out there already (you actually mentioned this recently in a Jan 2018 blog post). Another idea I've seen is to have a pen name that might resonate with my generation of readers.
I feel like I've got one chance to get this right and I'm spinning my wheels trying to decide on a "perfect" name. I'd hate to pick something then spend time branding and promoting myself only to find out down the road that the name I chose doesn't work for some reason or another.
Cheers from the writing trenches!
I'm not sure what scenario you've envisioned wherein your name doesn't work for some reason or another. Well, ok if you're a writer named Charles Manson in 1967, that's probably not going to work in your favor if your book is published in 1969.
But you have no way of predicting what, if any, name will become associated with a psychopath. In other words, you cross that bridge when you come to it.
Pick a name you like. Pick a name that's short and easy to spell. Try for a name that isn't spelled three different ways: yanno like Reid. Read. Reed. (oy)
Pick a name you like. Don't try to find the perfect name or you'll start obsessing, and you should be obsessing about your writing, not your nom du guerre.
Pick a name you like. You don't have one chance to get this right, and the stakes aren't anywhere near as high as you think they are. Lots of people have had more than one name in their professional creative lives, and not all of them are Sean Combs.