I had my first phone conversation with my publisher this week and we discussed my pen name. I started using the name Cory Scott back in March when my agency signed me and I realized that my book might actually get published. A lot of thought went into my pen name before finally choosing Cory Scott. From there I created my website, started blogging under this name, created a Facebook account and page under Cory Scott, as well as Twitter and Goodreads accounts. I never really thought about it from a publisher's standpoint--Cory is just a name that I would answer to and Scott is a family name. That was a far as my thought process went in regards to my pseudonym. However, after talking to my publisher she suggested that in the romantic suspense world the readers are mostly women and they relate to a woman's name. Cory isn't gender specific enough. It could be a male or female as far as a reader is concerned. Her worry is that a reader will see the name Cory Scott and not buy my book because they don't know if I'm a male or female. This is a legitimate concern that, to be honest, I had never thought about. Maybe because it never occurred to me that most people who purchase books in the romance field would be women and that they might not buy my book if they think I'm a man. Then I started thinking about it and realized that I have not purchased many romance books written by men. Is that because there aren't that many out there or because I'm secretly biased against men writing in this particular field? It really opened my eyes to my book purchases and I went back to look at my Kindle account. 98% of all my romance books were written by women. Women whom I have followed for years and who have a brand. They have their image out there and I know that they are great authors and I love what they write. Does it really matter if they are women? I never used to think so, but now I'm wondering and questioning all the books I've ever bought. Does gender have so much to do with what we read? Can it ever be a novel stands on its own merit, regardless of the name we slap on the cover? Needless to say this opened my eyes to the publishing world a bit and gave me a lot of food for thought. That's why if you'll notice on all my social media and website my name now shows Corinne Scott instead of Cory Scott. Same person, more girly first name. So you tell me, blogosphere: does an author's name impact your purchases for books? Does it change your opinion on the work itself? Tell me honestly: what's in a name?
Author of romantic suspense with a new novel coming soon!