A nurse at my doctor’s office asked my occupation.
“I’m a writer,” I said.
“Oh,” she said, brightening. “Have you written anything I’ve heard of?”
We want readers to recognize our names so they can look for our writing in magazines, bookstores, and online.
Make a name for yourself
Early in my career, while helping with a writers conference, I stood at the dining hall door with a little clicker, counting conferees and faculty as they entered.
It’s important to become known for who you are, but also to be consistent with how you present yourself. Since then I’ve used my middle initial on everything.
You want people you know—even slightly—to be able to say, “I know her, so I want to read her article or book.” Build a community of readers by using your name.
Once you establish a name for yourself, maybe someday the nurse in your doctor’s office will say, “Oh, you’re the one who wrote…”
Joyce K. Ellis, an award-winning author, has published more than a dozen books, including three novels, and hundreds of articles and short stories. In addition to serving as a Christian Writers Guild mentor and assistant director of the Write-to-Publish Conference, she loves encouraging women at retreats across the country.