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    What you like more???

    Author names like:

    J.K.Rowling
    George R.R. Martin
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Or full names like

    Harper Lee
    Stephenie Meyer
    Nicholas Spark

    And why?

    Thanks so much!
    Last edited by gsjones; July 24th, 2013 at 12:22 AM.

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    It depends on the book. I like fantasy novels with longer or more whimsical names (like George R. R. Martin, or Cinda Williams Chima), maybe even some mysteries the same way. But generally it depends more on the name than the writing. Say you're writing a detective novel and your name is Jessica Annabelle Jones. J. A. Jones is a little more intriguing than Jessica Jones on a mystery. But on a chick-lit novel, J. A. Jones just looks pretentious.

    Sometimes you have a particular reason. For J. K. Rowling it was because the ambiguous initials didn't reveal whether she was male or female, and according to her publisher, books by men sell better. Other female writers, like E. L. Konigsburg, have done the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bibliophile View Post
    It depends on the book. I like fantasy novels with longer or more whimsical names (like George R. R. Martin, or Cinda Williams Chima), maybe even some mysteries the same way. But generally it depends more on the name than the writing. Say you're writing a detective novel and your name is Jessica Annabelle Jones. J. A. Jones is a little more intriguing than Jessica Jones on a mystery. But on a chick-lit novel, J. A. Jones just looks pretentious.

    Sometimes you have a particular reason. For J. K. Rowling it was because the ambiguous initials didn't reveal whether she was male or female, and according to her publisher, books by men sell better. Other female writers, like E. L. Konigsburg, have done the same thing.
    I agree with this. It depends on the genre.
    But if you have a pen name you like, or want to use your name, then just use that. The author's name doesn't effect what books I buy. But it's a nice afterthought for me to see that there's a whimsical name on a fantasy book, or something rather mysterious on a detective novel, or something relatable on realistic fiction. But it's just that- an afterthought.
    Lily - Eliza - Isabelle - Rose - Margaret - Coraline - Emilia - Hazel
    Oliver - Simon - Jasper - Theodore - Henry - Leopold - Ezra - Jack

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    I don't care. Is your book any good?
    I'm not feeling incredibly profound at the moment. Check back later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celianne View Post
    I don't care. Is your book any good?
    I agree with celianne. Who cares what your name is? As long as I like the book, I'm happy.

    If you really care so much, though, it depends on your name. If your name is hard to pronounce or embarassing, or something along those lines, go with the initials like J. K. Rowling. If your name is easy to pronounce and you like it, use something like Harper Lee or Nicholas Sparks.
    Erin; student, writer, Nerdfighter, and Slytherin.
    Favorite names of the moment: Cyra & Gideon.

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