There is a subject, or rather a decision that every writer goes through. Yes, even I am dealing with this decision as of late. The subject is that on using or not using a pen name. Pen names have long been used in the history of our industry. Back during the time of Little Women, female writers were discouraged from writing, for it was long held that it was a male industry. Well, women can write just as men. No, I am not attacking men but rather stating a fact that could also be considered an opinion.
If women wanted to write and be published they had to either take on a male name or would keep their writing to themselves and upon their death it would be later published. Even J.K. Rowling was told this with the Harry Potter series when it came time for her to leap into the world of publication.
Aside from J.K. Rowling, there was a long held belief that when it comes to children writers, that little boys would rather read books written by a man then by female. While this may be fact, and gender bias. On the other hand, it should be looked at who is teaching children, but I will save that rant for another day, for I will stick to the subject on pen names.
Besides gender bias and the history of women writers on their treatment, there is another side to using a pen name and that is based on genre writing. There is a long held belief that if you are going to write in other genres, then you need to use a pen name. There are some famous cases of this and there are some that have broken this as well.
One example of this from the traditionally published, is Stephen King. Yes, the thriller mastermind behind some of New York Times best sellers. He has written in other genres while still using his name. While Nora Roberts, who for the most part writes romance, has indulged into the world of mystery using the pen name, J.D. Robb as well as Jill March and Sarah Hardesty. Even the name Nora Roberts is also a pen name. Now on the self-publishing side, an author that I follow on YouTube, Mandi Lynn is also a pen name. A pen name that she has used in different genres that she has published.
While using a different or a same pen name for when it comes to writing and publishing genres may be up to the author to make. But I have been told that it is an industry wide practice to using pen names when writing or publishing in different genres. Granted, I made different imprints under Moonspinner3 Books, for this purpose, but should I also have to use a different name of this as well.
Granted, on the J.D. Robb titles, it does have the subheading or rather by line of Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb or something to that effect. I have thought about this matter quite a bit and while it maybe something to consider, but on the other hand from a business standpoint, does it make sense?
Hear me out on this, using a different pen name, whether you label that you are using a certain pen name or not can make branding hard. Let alone on Goodreads, you would have to have a separate author page for every pen name that you use. This can be not only time consuming but probably also ridiculous in the long term as well.
Here is another reason, why I am talking about branding under this post as well, is that if you follow or do not follow but Mandi Lynn just re-published two of her books so that for one they got a face lift on the cover designs, but for another her author name on the covers looks the same. She states in one of her videos that is in part due to her brand that she is working on building. I can see her point on this as well.
Coming up with a pen name or even thinking about using a pen name for that matter is a decision that is not made lightly. Granted, I have given this much thought and for one I do not want to have ten or even twenty different pen names, for that could be quite cumber sum to say the least. But I want to use one name, so that my work can be judge based on one persona and not a thousand. This could also make for an author to have multiple identity disorder at which point, how does one sleep at night. I’m not making light of those that are inflicted by this, but we as authors due have to look at this and take it very seriously.
There is one more side to using a pen name, and that is to make a line in the sand between the personal and the business. I can agree with this as well, for one does need to have at times the separation between the two, and if it is the same then everything that you do in the future in your personal life is reflected on your business good or bad. Do you want it to have an impact in your business? On your writing? How your work is judged? We this all the time when it comes to known celebrities.
This is something that does need to have some consideration and all that I can say is that the decision is up to you. Granted when you are self-publishing or traditionally published depending on how big you are then you can make the decisions that are right for you and your business.
One my side, I am considering it just because I don’t want to have too many pen names, or having to making unnecessary social media pages to stay in contact with my readers. I also don’t want to have several signatures also when it comes to signing books. Yes, I may be sounding lazy but really who has time to do all of the lists above. Let’s here it: No one. I know that I do not. I’m currently working on deciding on which one that I want to use.
I hope that this post has given you some thoughts on the use of pen names. I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy creating until next time!
Hello and welcome back to my site! Yes, as you can guess I have made some slight changes to the website header and the logo to Faerie Rose Press. One of the reasons for the changes was that I hated in the previous version there was that blank square and I also hated that I could not fit in the logo for Writer’s First Source.
The issues that I have had with the logo for Faerie Rose Press, was that it was a bit too dark and the words could be barely seen. Therefore, I changed the colors on the logo. Therefore, here is the new logo for Faerie Rose Press:
Now as you can see from the header there is also now a new logo for a new imprint called Silver Wolf Writing. Silver Wolf Writing is a direct imprint of Moonspinner3 Books, that allows for me to publish works that are either non-fiction and what also may be considered creative non-fiction. Yes, granted I’m mostly about fiction writing but there are times when we as writers that focus on fiction need to take a break from fiction writing and dive into the world of non-fiction. Therefore, that is where Silver Wolf Writing comes into play.
Here is the story behind Silver Wolf Writing, is that as I have been starting to think about what I want to accomplish this year, I also started thinking about publishing a book of essays. Let’s face it, not all essays are for academic purposes for there are times when we just need to write or rather jot our ideas down on paper. Sometimes it can be crap, but when they are pure genius, that is when you want to share with it others. Therefore, one of the things that I want to accomplish this year is a book of essays. There may also be a memoir in mind too, but I have not yet decided.
As I have mentioned on here before, I want to make this year all about the craft of writing. I want to explore, write, and publish. I am also in the process of working on re-working and re-publishing my poetry collection, Poems in a Milk Bottle. While I am also working on the second draft of Ravages of Time.
You may ask why, and the answer is simple, I feel that I rushed the poetry collection to publication and I want to add some new poems all the while, doing a really good relaunch. So look to that happening. I’m also thinking about re-publishing some of the short stories that I previously published last years as well. There are many things that I want to do and redo as well.
That is one of the blessings of being self-published and owning your own business, is that you can make these sort of decisions. This is also part of me learning about running this business and learning about marketing as well.
I feel that while this year is still new, and fresh I can take the time to build my business and my brand right. Now please, do not take this as I am restarting this website. Heck no, no one has time for that. I know that I don’t have time for that. I’m just doing things to make my brand stronger than it was yesterday. I know that you are probably sick of me changing things up, but look at other businesses that have made changes over their lifespan.
The one takeaway from all of this is that when you make writing your business, and you are still new and trying to make an impact and market your business, you try to be consistent on what your image, brand, and your message looks like. My message is that writing can be obtainable if you put forth the effort.
There is a saying that we have in the alpaca world, which I also feel is appropriate for the writing: What you put into your writing is what you are going to get out of it. If you don’t put the time or the effort into it, then it is not going to pay in the long run. Granted, I have learned the lesson and continue to learn that lesson.
Therefore, I want to make better choices and not just choices that need to be rushed into. That is something that we all should do when it comes to thinking about the choices that comes from trying to make writing a business.
I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy creating until next time!
Yes, there are many that have probably have started their first blogs of 2019 with this sentiment, and I am no exception. Let’s praise something that 2018 is over (finally). Now we can start to get to the things that we want to do in 2019, which I have mentioned in several posts that I have many things that I want to accomplish in this new year.
First of all, let me discuss one of my biggest goals is to work on one project at a time. Yes, if you were with me last year, you saw that I was working on either too many projects at a time or I was jumping from project to project without finishing one. Shame on me. This year, however, one of my biggest goals is to work on one project at a time and see it from start to finish. The first of these projects is Ravages of Time.
In case you are not aware, Ravages of Time, is one of the first novel projects that I took on in my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, back a few years ago. While it is a completed first draft, I want to get it to the phase to where I can get it published. I have designed three covers for this book, two that are really similar to one another and the third is like a complete overhaul on the cover design. Here are all three covers displayed together:
So that is what I am working on as far as bigger projects go. As for a small one, yes, I’m taking on a small one at the same time. Granted, this goes against the one project at a time thing, but I feel that this project needs to be done for it is somewhat bugging me. Remember, we writers tend to be perfectionists. Especially when we learn something new and want to go back and fix things that we might not like with something that we may have completed in the past.
This one project, is redesigning the cover for Poems in a Milk Bottle, my poetry collection. Yes, the poetry collection is already out there, on Amazon, in publication. However, there are a couple of things that have bothered with me with the publication of the collection. For starters there is the cover. Granted, the original cover was put together and designed when I did not know much about cover design, and most recently I redesigned the cover (I will display them down below). The second thing is when I look at the design for the poetry collection a whole, i feel that it was a bit rushed in places, so I want to go back and fix those things, so that I can republish it this year. So that is a small project that I am taking on. Here are the covers as promised, before I go into describing why I am taking on this project:
One of the main reasons, why I am going to republish my poetry collection, is because in one year I have learned a lot about putting a book together and I want to make things better. I also learned that I can re-do things, such as unpublish and republish works. I want to expand on what I know and at least try to make things better than they were before. I know that this is a huge undertaking in itself, but I feel that I can do it. So when the updated version of Poems in a Milk Bottle is available, I will let you all know. I also feel that the difference in the cover design is a step up from what it was before.
Another thing that I said that I was going to do in this coming year, is read more than what I did last year. Yeah, I did not read much last year, which I know I should be a shamed of myself. However, instead of reading I was writing, but on the other hand I know that in order to improve upon my craft I need to read more. Therefore, the first book that I am undertaking to read in 2019, is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.
Well this is the start of what I have going on in 2019. I hope that your 2019 is getting started where you want it to be. I hope that you have a Happy New Year! I also hope that you have a great writing day! Happy Writing, Happy Creating until next time!
In a few short hours, 2018 will be nothing more than a memory, as we welcome in 2019. I would not go as far as a distant memory or even an ugly memory. Just a memory. While 2018 was not all good it was not all bad either. It will be a memorable year, just the same. I will say this about the past year, I learned a lot about writing, the craft and how to improve upon the craft of story telling. This learning is what is driving me forward to continue on to next year.
As much as I learned about writing and shared it with all you, there has also been some good things that came this past year, and there has been some heart ache this past year. Heart ache that was not necessarily that came into my view or rather dreams of writing, but on the personal side, which I am still trying to come to terms with. Let’s face it there are some heart aches that even we writers keep to ourselves and have to say at the end of the day there are no words to express the grief that we are feeling. That is how much this grief is personal for me.
But besides all this, in the past year we indie writers were seeing our community being torn apart by some ugly business. Frankly, in part just did not need to happen, but it did and in part it has cast a shade upon our community. Granted, in any community that we are part of there will be some sort of drama, but this drama goes beyond regular drama and was more like a war was brewing. Let’s hope in the coming year, there is less drama and we can manage to rebuild our community and put the pieces back together. This should a resolution for the community as a whole: put the community back to where it was before #cockygate.
Speaking of resolutions, if your goal next year is to write then I am happy to say that you are not alone. If you are not putting writing more as one of your resolutions then that is fine as well. But going back to the later, did you know there was a thing called Januwrimo? Well, if you have not, than you are not alone for I did know that this was a thing either. I guess it is similar to NaNoWriMo, but instead of November it’s done in January. I totally agree with this idea, if you have writing more as one of your new year’s resolutions. Just like NaNoWriMo, where I declared my project, I am going to declare my project there, and that is to work on Ravages of Time. Yes, I am picking the second draft of Ravages of Time as my Januwrimo project. Granted, I only heard about this like yesterday, but I was like sweet, I can work on Ravages of Time and work on my resolution at the same time. Killing two birds with one stone.
Oops guess that cannot be said anymore, sorry PETA, put it’s a figure of speech.
Simply put there is a lot being put on the young shoulders of 2019. There is a feeling of real optimism, which is great. Granted, we all feel this way when a new year starts, but this time it feels different. It feels as if the heaviness of 2018 is being taken off of us and a new page is turning. A page that holds promise and hope. It’s like we were drowning and now we can come up for that long awaited breath. It feels fantastic.
Of course, as writers we should be being this way, for a new year means that we have another year to hone in on our craft. Set the course to learn new things and to experiment. Yes, we should be experimenting what we can do with words that we have in our vocabulary to draw out images. Images that either have been done before and needs new life put into it, or images that we have worked on before that were not quite write. No matter where we are on our writing journey we should have one resolution in mind that is to improve on our craft.
Yes, even this is a goal of mine. In the past year as I look back, I feel that my ability in using words to tell a story has improved. But of course as I work on my writing journey, with each project that I take on, is a new step forward to creating something. Yes, I am working on past projects, and that’s okay. Every one of us, writers take on a different view, such as what you write in the past should be left behind and never looked at again. Where as I take the approach of what you wrote in the past should be accepted for it is and should be looked as a mile marker that shows how far you have come until now on your journey. It’s part of your journey and it should be accepted as such.
But aside from all of that, I have plans, dreams and goals for the next year. These include everything from what I want to accomplish as a writer, as a reader, and as a business person. I want to help others, which has always been a goal of mine on this site, which I have stated from the beginning and I continue to strive for every time that I post. Even if that post is just giving an update on what I have going on here at Faerie Rose Press.
As I have posted in the past month on here, there are things that I want to improve on, and there are things that I want to strive for in the new year. Some of which is to tell more stories about what inspires me as far as a story that I’m working on. I want to share knowledge that I have not yet shared before with all of you, but has been a work in progress for me. I hope that you will all stay tune to see what I am up to next year.
There is one more piece of business that I must include in my final post of 2018. Thank you to all of you that have come here to see what I am up to, what advice I have to give, and anything else that I have posted on writing. I could not do this with out all of the support that you give. I feel that all of you, my followers are part of my community, and if I have not said that before, I am sorry. But I want you all to know that you are apart of something, and it means the world to me to have your continued support.
I hope that you all have a happy new year, and I hope to see you in 2019. Happy writing, happy creating!
If you haven’t heard by now, then you probably will I have a made a couple of changes in the last few days. This all in part due to me wanting to make my goals obtainable, and to continue saying that I am growing as both as a business and as a writer. Any time that we do something, whether it relates to writing or to another art form, we want to grow as an artist. It just the human nature that we have. It also is away for us to show that we are flexible to changes.
Yes, change is hard to accept, but sometimes change is not always a bad thing for it can also be a good change. But being able to accept the changes to come to us, also shows that we can grow with change as well as expand our knowledge upon our craft. Let’s face it the way that we write today is not the way that we wrote a couple of years ago, or even months ago. This shows that we are adaptable creatures.
Adaptable creatures that can form to the changes or rather the challenges that lay ahead of us. I know that I can not change something of the things that I have done in the past, but I can learn from them and can make a continual effort to show that things are possible once I accept the changes that come into my life, as well as those that I want to make.
One of those changes, is always growing and expanding my knowledge on how I can go about growing my business. Growing my readership. Growing to make not only to make what I want possible, but to also help others achieve what they want possible through the power of writing. Making this happen, granted did not happen overnight. It took months and a couple of years to get to where I am today. But I always try to help others see that writing is a something that we all can master.
Helping others with their craft, is away that not only I can help or rather give back to the community, for there are others that do that as well through whatever platform that they chose. This includes those that use a blog, YouTube, Twitter, or any other social networking platform that is out there free to the public. Yes, there are trolls out there that do nothing but bash and tear down authors. But there are also those out there that are not trolls that want to help others. It’s just that sometimes trolls tend to be a bigger threat and make those that want to do good in our community be overshadowed.
This is a real shame, to see this take place in our community. But this is also something that we have to learn and adapt from, and accept that there are bullies out there just like the ones that we faced as children on the playground. However, as we grew from that past hurt, we can grow from this too and try to make sure that our voices are stronger and louder than their’s. There is power in the community and there is power in our writing. We just have to make the choices to make the changes to make things possible.
Furthermore, when we make things possible, we also see our goals become a reality. Yes, that can be a challenge but it should be a challenge that we fully accept so that we can see what awaits for us on the other side of one challenge. Think of it not just as challenge but as a door. Yes, this has been said before, but when one door closes another opens and when it does we will be accepting of this door and want to take a peek. We are curious creatures after all.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post, and I hope that you will take this in consideration as you continue on your writing journeys. I hope that you have a wonderful writing day!
Hello again! So yesterday, I changed or rather updated the look and feel to the logo for Elderwood Publications. While this took time to do so, I also felt that an updated look was need to the logo for Faerie Rose Press’s logo as well. The reason in part for the change was that when I originally created the logo for Faerie Rose Press, I used one of those logo generators that you can find on the Internet. Yes, it was a nice logo, but at times I could not change the way that it displayed on somethings, which was a pain, which was one of the reasons that I felt that the logo needed to be changed.
This was not a hasty decision, for I gave it much thought on whether such a change was needed to be made. There were so many questions that I thought about the change, such as am I able to access the original file to make changes that I wanted to make, and the answer was a big fat no. Therefore, this was one of the biggest reasons why I changed the logo. So as I said yesterday, out with the old and in with the new. So here is the old logo:
And here is the new logo:
One reason why I also made the change to the logo, was so that I could display the moto to Faerie Rose Press, “Where Stories are not just for Faeries.” This was not something that I could change or add to the original file of the logo.
Now I know that you are going to ask, are you going to change the logo to Moonspinner3 Books? The answer that I can give without a doubt is a heck no!! The logo to Moonspinner3 Books is not going to change. Not now and not ever, for it is here to stay.
I can honestly say, that I am done making changes to the logos that are under the umbrella of Moonspinner3 Books.
When I make any change, it is a decision that I do not make lightly, for I know that making any change can undo the balance that has already been put in place, but on the other hand, as I grow my business, I also want to be able to make the necessary changes that show that I am able to be flexible, which is apart of any business. Not just my business.
I hope that you continue to tune back for the content that you always enjoy. But one part of the content that I put out is letting you all know about the changes that I am making to Moonspinner3 Books, as well as Faerie Rose Press, and Elderwood Publications. Being able to put out content and sharing with all you writing advice and tips, as always been one of the things that I wanted to from the creation of this site. But also I want to share with all of you what I have going on and what I am working on. These are all the things that I want to do with this site.
As always, I appreciate your continued support, and I hope that you have a wonderful writing day and if you don’t come back until next year, I hope that you all have a wonderful new year!
Hello and welcome back to my site. Today I want to talk about the change to the logo for Elderwood Publications. As you can see by the site header, there has been a change to logo design for Elderwood Publications. If you can remember the old logo for Elderwood Publications, which was sort of bland and a bit somewhat did not look or give the feel of the other imprint logos. Therefore, a change needed to be made to the logo design. Therefore, I started working on this a while back to make the changes to the logo. So if you need a refresher, here is the old logo design for Elderwood Publications:
When I look at this logo, it was somewhat off from the direction that I took with the other logos. Therefore, a change needed to be made, and so out with the old and in with the new:
With this logo, it fully incorporates what would come to mind when someone thinks of Elderwood. A woodness, such as a tree, and I added the antlers in the front with the roses to give it a connection to Faerie Rose Press. Since Faerie Rose Press, was created first in this little publishing world that I have created. I feel that this is more completed design and not just a blank slate as before.
I hope that you like the new design of the logo for Elderwood Publications as I look forward to the new year. I feel that with this logo, it gives a new life and it breathes life into Elderwood Publications that might not have been there before.
I hope that you are excited as I am for the new year and all that will becoming up in the new year. But as I have mentioned before, this site is growing and as I learn new things, there is always a possibility that there will be change. But with out change there can be no room to grow.
Thank you as always for your continued support, if I don’t see you until next year! I hope that you have a happy new year and I hope that you all have a happy writing day!