This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out). The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s insecurity – Do I use my first name or an initial?
As an author of a thriller (To Hunt a Sub) that includes military and science, should I publish under ‘Jacqui Murray’ or ‘J. Murray’? Thrillers that include military plots are more the purview of males than females. If I had a military background, it might work, but I don’t. I’m hitchhiking off warriors I know well and a profession I admire. I’ve been told more than once by agents I should use an initial rather than my first name.
What do you think?
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.