on BookBaby Blog:
When my first book was being published, I toyed with the idea of using a pen name for about three seconds. Looking back, I may have missed an opportunity.
“If you were starting over, is there anything you would have done differently?” Someone recently asked me this at a party, referring to my writing career. I blurted out that I probably would have used a pen name. They seemed as taken aback by my answer as I was, for I hadn’t really given this notion any thought. When my first Mr. Pants book was being published, I had toyed with the idea of using an alias for about three seconds. But vanity got in the way. Looking back, I may have missed an opportunity.
Other writers have covered pen names before on this blog (e.g. this infographic of a historical tour of pen names), but I think there’s more to say on the subject, especially on how to go about doing so. Here are a few of the many reasons authors use pen names.