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Monday, June 13, 2005
Ok, I need help. I'm trying to figure out what to write on my business cards. This is what I have so far:
Real Name
Writing as
Sela Carsen

E-mail address
Pertinent contact info

So what do I put in the ???? line?
Struggling Writer
Romantic Comedy
Zombies and Werewolves and Vampires -- Oh My!
Ask me about my Pararomzomcomnov

HELP!! I'll take suggestions, comments, insults -- anything!
6/13/2005 03:31:00 PM : : Sela Carsen : : 11 Comments


Here's what I have on mine:

My name
writing as Lynn Daniels
Web address phone e-mail

RWA chapter memberships listed

My tag line

Don't know if that'll help you. Since I'm not familiar with your work, I can't really make any further suggestions.

By Anonymous Lynn, at 4:43 PM  

How about, "A zombie, a vampire, and a high school guidance counselor walk into a bar..."

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 4:50 PM  

in the ??? you put your slogan. Something like "romance with a snark edge." *lol*

By Blogger Silma, at 4:10 PM  

Hi, Sela. I stumbled across your blog. Cool!

So, I'm butting in with my two cents. :)

Are these business cards to be used for the sole purpose of networking in the writing world?

If so, I personally think you should only use your pseudonym. And for that matter, when you go to writing events, it's your pseudonym only that should be on your nametag. In my humble opinion, using two names dilutes your brand name (the pseudonym). If you are going to spend money promoting your name (i.e. buying business cards with a blog and email address), you'll want to keep the focus on that name alone.

After all, you're committed enough to the name to blog under it. You gotta own your new name...BE your new name...

Okay, I think I've had quite enough caffeine.



By Blogger Liz Maverick, at 7:10 PM  

I don't think that you should use more than one name on your cards. I would only use your real name. That way if you decide to have more than one pseudo, you don't have to change your cards. If you hand them out to anyone, you can always write your pseudo on the back for reference.

As for the ???, I would put simply - Writer. But then I'm a fan of simplicity on BCs.

By Blogger Elbie, at 7:58 PM  

Mine pretty much say the same as Lynn's. If you don't have a tag line I'd list what genre you're writing in. About the name, I have a different mentality on that. Because if I give this card to an agent or editor I want them to have my name on it as well as my pen name. Because when I submit I have to submit with my real name. This way they have it as well as the other information. Just my .02.

By Blogger Sheri, at 8:07 PM  

Now that I think about it, I suppose that does make more sense for when you're unpubbed. But for certain, I think once you get pubbed, you should go with just the pseud.

By Blogger Liz Maverick, at 11:11 PM  

The ??? need to be a great witty line that sums you up.

Snarkalicious Paranormal Romance.

You know, "A zombie, a vampire, and a high school guidance counselor walk into a bar..." isn't that bad. ;)

By Blogger Eva Gale, at 11:35 PM  

Thanks for all the advice,y'all! I love it when people stop by my blog.

These cards are just for RWA and I'm still unpubbed, so I think I'll stick with both names for now. I do think Liz is right about post-publication. WHEN that happens, I'll stick with the pseudonym.

As for the tag line, I'm still struggling. Thus far, I'm writing paranormal romantic comedy. Too bad the zombie, vamp and hsgc line is too long to fit! Dh and I were fiddling with it the other day and he kept trying to stick the word "romantical" in there. I haven't laughed so hard in ages!

Still plotting and planning. The business cards, I mean. The story? pfftt. I'm winging it!

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 8:41 AM  

I put a tagline on mine below my name. Depending on the tone of what you write, the zombie, vampire, and guidance counselor one sounds hilarious! If I were an editor, I'd be curious. :)

By Anonymous Michelle, at 7:23 PM  

I'm too late to weigh in. *sniffle* But I'm looking forward to swapping cards with ya! :)

By Blogger Sylvia Day, at 3:11 AM  

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