Tuesday, December 08, 2009

What's in a name?

I sold a story yesterday. It'll be a while before it goes into print, so I won't name the story or the magazine that bought it, but I will say that, according to the editor, this is the longest story he's ever bought. A dubious distinction, I know.

The reason I bring this up is because one of the things I needed to do was decide how my name would appear on the story. When I first started publishing, I was using Donald S. Crankshaw. Recently, though, I've been using D. S. Crankshaw. More by coincidence than design the stories under D. S. Crankshaw all appeared in Christian markets. Since this new story will be appearing in a fantasy market, I decided to use Donald S. Crankshaw as my author name, since that's the author name in my other fantasy market story. It's not uncommon for authors to use different names in different markets, so I think I'll be keeping this distinction.

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