It’s Time to Pick a Name

I just realized that writing a book is the easy part. I have two ready for publication with two others nearing the finish line. If readers don’t like a particular book, there is always the next one and the one after that. I can always write another and the last just fades away, yesterday’s news.

But a name…

Names are forever. Names are carved in stone.

Our favorite authors are familiar to us, they’re welcome in our homes. If you’re an avid reader and you wander into your local bookstore, it’s the author’s names that grab you first – the ones you know seem to jump off the shelf, they shine a little brighter than the others.

In the writing world, names are a brand.

I need your help to create a brand.

Publishers and agents have suggested a number of different variations of my name, they’re always quick with, “X would look great on a cover”, or “I really think X sounds better”. Honestly, the only opinion that really matters is yours – the person who will eventually see one of my books on the store shelf and pick it up (or pick up the one next to it because the name on mine evokes utter discontent).

Please take a moment to complete the survey below. Your feedback will help determine the name I use for my first official novel and each that follows.

Just to keep things interesting, I’ll pick someone at random and send them an advance copy of the new novel. I’d offer up a new car but that’s not in the budget this go around, maybe with the next one…

To be considered, leave a comment and I’ll contact you via email.

UPDATE: Hi folks, this item has been closed for a while now. The masses opted for use of my initials (J.D.) rather than my full name (Jonathan Dylan). Hence, the name on my books 🙂

Thanks for taking a look!


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