I’m not going to use a pen name for Rise of the Sparrows. Or rather, I wasn’t going to; however, over the past few weeks I’ve read a lot of different opinions on this topic, so I thought I’d open the question up for discussion! πŸ™‚

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What is your opinion on pen names? If you’re a writer yourself – do you use a pen name, or would you and why/ why not?

I’ve read several times over these past few weeks that the name on the cover needs to match the genre you’re writing – and my name, Sarina Langer, hardly screams High Fantasy.

I know of authors who write some books under a pen name, but use their real name or a second pen name for others!

What are your thoughts on this? Does my name tell you that I don’t know what I’m writing about? Does the name matter to you?

Personally I’ve never purchased a book because of the name on the front cover – the only exception being when I’d already read something by the same author before, and was sure that I was going to love another book by him/her, too – which has nothing to do with the name and everything to do with the content.

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Pen names don’t make me more likely to buy a book, neither do they put me off. I went from not having considered it to not wanting to use one, to not being all that sure.

How important is the author’s name to you? If you have used a pen name yourself, why have you chosen to do so, and do you feel that it has impacted your sales in any way? How did you choose it? Should I use a pen name?

Get a coffee/tea and some biscuits, and let’s have a chat! πŸ™‚

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