Self publishing is a new and exciting option for writers but it’s not easy by any means. If you’re expecting overnight success then you’re dead wrong and that goes for both publishing with the big houses as well as Self Publishing. But while you have an army of editors and a team of marketing professionals at your disposal with the big houses, you don’t have that with Self Pubbing. And the road you’re traveling on just got a lot steeper.
But there are both good and bad facets to both options and I’ll save that issue for another day. For now I want to discuss pen names. I’ve lived with the same pen name for fifteen years now. Why did I change it you ask? Well because at the time I was still very much still considering sticking with traditional publishing and didn’t want my self pubbed titles to interfere with my chances to publish traditionally.
While I haven’t given up on it completely, I have decided to set that aside for a while and see how this little foray into Indie publishing turns out. In the meantime, I’ve got two identities suddenly that I’m trying to work with and it suddenly became very overwhelming. So after fifteen years with the name Melissa Dawn Harte, I’ve decided to retire it temporarily and take up my new identity. A new beginning. A fresh start for me. And I’m suddenly very excited about it. And somewhat sad as I’ve packed away the memories of writing under this pen name. I’ve changed my website to reflect my new persona and re-written my bios.
So here I am on the brink of a new chapter, shutting away the dusty door of a different life. And while this post might sound so boring to you I find myself amazed at how much I truly “became” a new person. How attached I was to my persona. My signature. My life as a writer.
So here I am rewriting my life story once again and seeking to learn more about my new name, Suzie Grant. A name I came up with by combining my mother’s nickname and my father’s first name. It’s my special silent tribute to the two people who’ve so influenced my life and my life’s decisions.
I’ve found myself just as excited as when I first started on this uncertain path and I am eager to face whatever new trials await down this new shadowed pathway.
So while you remember me as Melissa Dawn Harte Miss Adventure here on the Lady Scribes I give you the new and improved version Suzie Grant. I am Miss Adventure. Take a deep breath with me and jump into a new world of adventure and romance with me. I’m looking forward to many more thrills with you.