So you’ve decided that you’d rather write under a pen name. Great! But, now how do you pick a good one? Well, that all depends on what your needs are. Here’s some guidelines that should help.
Choose a name that’s not already taken
Don’t pick a name used by another author, no matter how small and insignificant they might seem. Your brand will be tangled up in theirs, which could get messy so it’s better to avoid it all together.
Avoid picking the name of a prominent person. Do a quick google search of your desired name and if there’s anything more than just a few normal looking Facebook profiles showing up, then it might be better to try a different one. You want your pen name to be ranking #1 easily in a Google search.
Pick a name that you might use for a character in your stories
It’s best to choose a name that sounds like someone who would participate in the worlds that you’ll be creating. It gives a certain trust factor because it feels like you’re writing from experience.
Pick a name that suits the genre
Writing romance? Go with a female name. Writing dirty romance? Go with a sultry female name. Writing children’s books? Go with a gentle sounding name that reminds you of a nice grandpa.
Make it short and easy to remember
If you want anyone to remember you between books, they should be able to remember your name. Don’t pick one that’s difficult to pronounce or spell. Some authors also end up using initials instead of their full name, so that’s another option to shorten your name.