As you can see, I share a name with a VERY famous fiction author. There's literally not a week that goes by without someone making a crack about my name or asking when my next book is coming out. I counted last week while on vacation. It happened four times in six days.
This is all fun and games until I actually get around to querying.
1) Should I bring it up "the name issue" at the end of my queries? I'm inclined to think an agent isn't going to care about it at this point, but it also seems like an elephant in the room.
2) Will this "name issue" in any way be a hindrance or a hassle or a turn-off to agents at any point?
3) Fast forwarding into the future, if you were my agent, what direction would you give me about how to tackle the "name issue"? Should I be planning on using a pen-name? How would that affect marketing, etc?
I know, I know, I'm getting ahead of myself. But it's hard enough trying to get my query nailed down without this insecurity in the back of my mind.
Thanks for listening,
Not That James Patterson
This is the same problem that J. Robert Lennon had. His friends call him John.
You can see he solved it by using his first initial and middle name instead.
This is absolutely not something to worry about. In fact, it's something to have fun with. I know writers who keep tabs on ALL the people who share their name. It's a dedicated page on the their website.
In fact, you can offer to blurb books (in jest of course!)
Or offer to be the other James Patterson's stand-in cause he's so busy cashing royalty checks.
As with many kinds of things you think of as problems when you first see them, if you think creatively, you can make it a plus not a minus.