Do you remember how I was unable to find a title for Unforeseen Dives? That time I asked you, dear readers, to help me out. I needed the title in order for my friend and artist Melanie Bourgeois to include it on the cover art. (No, I’m not targeting self-publication. I’m targeting Authonomy and I need a cover to publicize my book on there. Plus, banners and goodies are always good to promote this blog.)
This week, Melanie send me a picture of her work in progress. After asking her if it was alright, I am presenting you a sneak peek of the upcoming cover for Unforeseen Dives!
Have you noticed the big missing piece of information on there? Like, I don’t know, the author’s name!
That’s the problem I need your help with today. Though, editors usually help picking a pen name, I would like a temporary, sellable one for this cover. Why a pen name? Because my real French last name poses problems to French-speaking people so I can’t even imagine what headaches it’ll bring to you English-speaking folks. I’ve worked in a bookstore and lived the hell of looking for a book when the client doesn’t know the name of the author nor title. An author’s name needs to be easy to remember. Mine ain’t.
Aheïla has been my web identity for a while but it isn’t necessarily a good start for a pen name (though including it could lead people back to this blog).
My real first name is Emilie. That’s”famous author” related so I would keep it. My real last name starts with a P.
I brainstormed with a few friends and came up with ideas. I need more suggestions. I need more opinions. I need your input!
Here is the list so far (in no particular order, after eliminating a few silly suggestions):
- Emilie Prescott
- Emilie Post
- Emilie Preston
- Emilie Prichard -> So far, opinions on this one are controversial. I like it because it use the P and my father’s name is Richard (so instead of using his last name I use his first) but according to a certain New Yorker it’s “dusty” and sounds too old. So, classy or wrinkly?
- Emilie Ryan -> An NaSty joke and a bit too common
So, what do you think? I’m open to suggestions that don’t start with a P. Should I add the “A” initial as a middle name/cameo for Aheïla? Is it a lost cause?