Poll: Selecting My Author Name
To my aggravation, I’ve discovered there’s another author called Sarah Potter. Okay, she’s not a fantasy author like me but has written a non-fiction book titled, How You Can Trade Like a Pro: Breaking into Options, Futures, Stocks and ETFs.
This in itself might not seem like a huge problem, but she has an Amazon author page and she is top of the search engine if you type the name Sarah Potter into it. Darned common name. There are about 600 of us on Facebook, and I knew it would become an issue for me at some point.
The other problem is that everyone knows me as Sarah Potter on my blog, plus my domain name has the same name. Yesterday, as an experiment, I tried changing my blog name to Sarah C. Potter Writes and it looked rather silly there as the header, quite apart from the fact that it didn’t fit into one line. In case you missed it, here it is.
Sarah C. Potter
In the past, I’ve considered using my initials and surname for writing so people didn’t know which gender I was. It’s rumoured that some males won’t read books by females, whereas the majority of females will happily read books by males. This is especially so with middle-grade children: an age when boys often think girls are silly, weedy, and yucky. I’ve read somewhere that J.K. Rowling chose to use her initials so boys would not be put off reading her Harry Potter novels.
As you can appreciate, I have to make a final decision about my author name before the illustrator makes a start on my book cover, so I’d like to ask your opinions about which name you prefer and is the most marketable.