Yesterday after a presentation I gave to a MeetUp group, a woman spoke to me about the idea she had for her book. She said she wanted to publish the book under a pen name. When I asked her why, she had some good reasons.
The topic was a bit risque.
She didn’t want people to think she was crazy or weird.
She didn’t want how she would be perceived after writing the book to affect her life or her work.
I asked her if she wanted to do anything in conjunction with the book, such as speaking or coaching. She began talking… As it turned out, the topic of this book represented her true passion and purpose. She really wanted to make a difference in people’s lives by writing this book–and several more after it–and speaking to people and working with them as a healer.
It would be impossible for her to do that if she wrote under a pen name.
I suppose you could make up a name and tell everyone that is who you are–live a false life under a false identity. As I told her, it’s likely that eventually someone will find out who she really is.
Isn’t it better to be authentic? To just be who you are and to own it?
I highly recommend to all nonfiction writers that they use their real names.
Allow yourself to take full credit for your idea and your work. Then bask in the attention you get, good and bad. (Remember, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.) Go out and speak. Seek media gigs. Be who you are. Pursue your passion and your purpose. Live an inspired life as an author, speaker, consultant, coach, healer…Inspire others.
Don’t hide behind a fake name like wearing a mask. Put your name on your book and be proud. Show your face to the world and own your ideas. I don’t think you’ll regret it.