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Publishing News Roundup Series: Embracing a Pen Name and an Alter Ego

by Maureen Crisp •  November 14, 2016  •   Follow

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People become writers for different reasons.

Some write to show their true self, while others write to be someone else. Some people even go as far as making pen names to create their alter ego writing self. Why do they do this? And how can one do this successfully?


The Masks We Wear


This has been a topsy turvey old week. Chuck Wendig has written a very thoughtful post on what it means to be a writer and how writers can process the momentous event that happened this week.


Sarah Stonichava-Finch has an interesting article on embracing a pen name and an alter ego. If you ever wanted to live a different life, read this.


Reedsy looks at the rise of Literary Fiction Self Publishing. I often remind people that Literary Fiction is a genre. It has its stars just like Crime or Romance. It is building a niche in self publishing.


Jami Gold has written an excellent post on whether stories should be set in stone once they are published. If you have ever looked at a glaring error in a book and wished to fix it – should you?


Anne R Allen has an excellent post on things new writers can do right now if they want that dream writing career.


Nina Amir has a guest post on Jane Friedman’s blog on how to set achievable and meaningful goals. Yes, NaNoWriMo is still going on. The world is still turning.


Emily Harstone of Authors Publish has written an interesting article on the 8 trends she has seen in publishing this year. A couple of things surprised me.

In The Craft Section,

Red flags in Editing– Meg Latorre-Snyder


Two ways to use misdirection– Roz Morris Bookmark




How to nail your inciting incident– Pamela Hodges-Bookmark



Mastering stylistic tension– September Fawkes Bookmark


Creating powerful images– C S Lakin – Bookmark

In The Marketing Section,

When your book isn’t selling-Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark



50 ways to kickstart publicity– Molly Greene – Bookmark





To Finish,

The election this week highlighted archetypes and caricatures. Many believed that the voting public would see through the buffoonery to the straw man beneath and so they did not prepare for the unthinkable result. There are positive archetypes to identify with. Paul Minors has 8 productivity archetypes that might help you find a way to turn dross into gold.





About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.