How a new writer chooses to help readers to remember his author name.
I’m so excited! I just got affirmation that I have chosen the perfect “author signature”.
My bff Nikii and I were chatting this morning. I called her for comfort while I was crying about my sadness over missing Johnny Pelanconi. Nikki subs as my worn-out blankie when I need comforting. The only thing more comforting than Nikki on the phone when I’ve been crying would be a real hug from Nikki while I’m hugging my real, worn-out blankie.
Nikki made an audible something– maybe a gasp– or an “ahh”– or maybe just an audible inhale. Then she spoke,
“Oh, Nola was just frantic yesterday. She wanted to know why your middle initial wasn’t capitalized in Ric d. Stark.”
“Ohhhh, great! Nik, that is soooo cool!” I was ecstatic to hear this bit of feedback. “I am so gratified to hear that your granddaughter asked that question! A couple weeks ago, I was reading one of my “how to be a writer” books and the author stressed the importance of choosing one author identity and then using that consistently. I contemplated, brainstormed and tried a few ideas, when I suddenly hit on my author name, ‘Ric d. Stark’
“Tell Nola that she made my day, please! And tell her the answer to her question?– it’s a ‘marketing gimmick’. And now I know that it works! Nola will never forget that my middle initial is a d.”