3 Reasons I use a Pen Name

i used a pen name

Sometimes when people find out that I write under a pen name, they think I’m hiding. Like maybe I’m embarrassed about what I write.  The fact is, there are several reason why I (and other authors) use a pen name.

The time I published for Kindle I realized that there was no background check, or name/street/phone verification the “author” part of the book listing was literally whatever I wrote in that field.  Whether I made up a name, used initials or typed nonsensical characters, there are no “author” police. i used a pen name

I loved that.

Originally I was a little shy about putting my name out there… into the wild.  I thought, “What if people hate the book and write mean reviews?”  or “What if I want to write a different kind of book next?”  The ability to choose your pen name allows you the comfort of flexibility.

Here are the 3 reasons I use pen names

  1. Inspiration. It’s easier for ME to separate myself from what I’m writing when I write as “someone else.” I think we all have moments of thinking about what we think other people will think.  The anonymity of writing with a pen name allows me to create the writer persona needed to complete the book.
  2. Genre Allocation. I can’t be the only writer that is inspired to write non-fiction as well as fiction. I use different names to write different types of books.  I write teenage paranormal romances, I write self-help books and “working mom with teenage kids” types… I use pen names to separate my books by genre.
  3. Popularity. The fact is, as I experiment with different “author names” I’ve discovered, some names are more popular than others. They simply are.  Whether the name catches the eye of the reader or not, I can’t explain it… yet.  I know that some books on certain topics are doing better than others (of similar topics) and the only really difference is the author name.

Do you use a pen name?  Tell us your reason


Best time to write

This is the part I love about being a Kindle Author, these moments right now.  It's 6:03am, the low hum of the trucks on a distant highway, the chirping and twilling of the birds and the cool slightly damp feel of the morning is just perfect for me.  Mostly because I know it won't last, I know that in an hour of so, my kids will wake up, my dog will demand to be walked and there are dishes to wash, clothing to fold and ... well you get the idea.

This moment right now!?!  it's mine.  I decided to take it and do something with it.. you know what I mean?  Instead of laying in bed and just wishing for things or wanting things I decided to try to figure out what I wanted to do.  Of course, the first thing I thought about was... I want to make more money.

The truth of the matter is, (and I know a ton of people will disagree) but the money isn't what would make me happy, it's what I'd be be able to DO... if I had the money that would make me happy.  You know I've been a dreamer my whole life.  I've tried every idea that I was inspired to try and they all only provided limited results.  For a long time I thought it was because I was a "quiter" you know, always hoping from idea to idea... but the truth of the matter is... it was all part of my personal journey.

Now, because of everything that I have done or know, I have a some much more experience to pull from, and I've learned.  Think about the things you complain about.  (In my case it was always, I have no money) Think about the things you do about the things you complain about... aren't they the same things you have always done?

In my case, specifically about money, I have always been looking for ways to earn money... and I'd find them and you know what, each time it would seem a lot like work.  But I was raised to believe (and do) that you get paid when you work.  Guess what... that's not only true.  You know there are a lot of people that get paid and either they inherited the money or they do a job that they enjoy so much it doesn't feel like work... or they leverage their time.

It took years for me to realize that I was the reason I wasn't getting further faster... because I was working with my belief that in order to earn money I needed to put the time in... and as a result I was only able to see the opportunities that fit into my view.  Through a series of chance meetings and several network marketing seminars I had an epiphany... I was wrong.

For years we've heard about passive income, and usually it's been associated with website scams... you know, you pay $30.00 a month for a website that people can buy things from and when they do you get a piece of the cake.. it's a set it and forget it deal.  Called passive income because you aren't actively working.  Sounds great, right?  Except with the ever evolving internet, with millions of websites out there how is anyone going to find your cookie cutter website?

You know what changed everything for me?  I realized, it can't be about the money.  Money can't be the goal. I can't live my life always looking to make more money.  I can't, because when I thought about it, when I really analyzed my life, I realized that it wasn't the money that I wanted but to be able to do the things.  I wanted to be able to have things and go places and give things and they all required money.

Once I changed how I was looking at it... a whole slew of opportunities opened up.   I no longer felt like I had to work more or harder to get ahead... I felt like I had this series of mini goals and one by one I checked them off my list as the money (as if out of no where) started rolling in.

I attribute this to the slow and steady success of my book sales.

And that is what I like to think about at 6:03 am.  I like to think about my life, sitting here, in the quiet looking out at the sunrise, the lovely green grass and white picket fences and know that I am doing something I enjoy and happily pursuing my soul's purpose!

How to write Kindle books that will sell.

Well, for starters, not many people realize that there are a number of different types of literature that is currently for sale on Amazon and available for Kindle users.  You can sell a subscription to your blog, you can publish and sell articles, brief step by step guides, short stories, poems, picture books and more.

You know it wasn't long ago that a kindle was was ONLY available in the paperwhite form.  Last year I saw someone with one of the original Kindles, it was a huge massive thing... I thought it was a tablet (based on it's size) but it was really just the first paperwhite.  So cool.

My point, is that everything is changing.  So many people I help motivate to write aren't really experiencing writers block, they are more or less feeling like they don't have the talent to write a full length book or they don't think anyone will pay money for a book.

Here's what I tell them and what I'll tell you.

There are really no new original ideas on the planet.  Everything has been thought of, and maybe it has been spoken to another human being, maybe it hasn't. But it would be silly to imagine that our ideas are complete original.  However our delivery is original.  Our timing is original. WE are original and unique.

Our talent is located in our voice.

Your voice is how you write.  What you decide to say and how you say it.

So, whether you are going to write a children's book, a cook book, a How to go camping without a tent book or how to train your dog book.. Your book will be different than the other books that are published because it's yours.  NOW, you need to find your hook... that thing that you can tell people about the difference...  the thing that you're known for...

  • Is it Humor?
  • Is it straight forward talk?
  • Is it your understanding of the characters?
  • Is it how your words paint pictures?
  • Is it your fearlessness?

In the class we go over how to review what's currently selling and that's where you're going to start.  That's where you're going to gather ideas for what you think you might want to write about and friend....  once you start going, the skies the limit!

Go Write!



Another Successful Book Published!

15 day weight loss

Congratulations to Well Cared 4 Body (www.wellcared4body.com) and your wonderful smoothy recipe book!  YEAH!  It looks great, and I can see based on your sales that it's already earning you cash!

I love this book!  (So do my kids)

I especially love that the recipes are all made in the blender so I don't have to purchase any new equipment.


WOW! I’m so touched!

I can't tell you how much I appreciate everyone that has written thanking me for this course.  As you know, I'm still in the process of getting the website up and getting the course online so that it's accessible to everyone!  But ... MAN!  The reception that sneak peak got, was overwhelming... really, thanks guys.

I especially want to thank Donna & Wanda who cam and spoke about their work with me on their book, "How to Save Money: 50 Habit Hacks that will Put Cash Back in your Pocket". This book was just published and is already selling!

These ladies finished this book in just one week.  KUDO'S to you!

Well, that's it for today.  I am shooting for a weekend launch of the course!

Ppppssstttttt   Make sure you subscribe below, so I can send you the coupon to get 1/2 off the course price!  🙂

Have an amazing day

W.L. O'Neill

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