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Aurel, Inc.

Becoming a business.  It’s funny, all those nights I spent dreaming of having my own business, It never occured to me to put it together with writing.  In my mind my writing was this great creative endeavor, holier than the drudgeries of day to day life.

A little over two years into my ambitions of writing full time and it is finally sinking in.  I’m running a business here, and it’s not gonna go out and get customers on its own.

So this weekend I broke down, stocked my office with supplies, designed a business plan, even bought a chair so I could sit at my desk like a normal person and deal with the business of writing.

Business of course includes investments of both time and money and sacrifice.  It will be a while before my new business is seeing a profit, but at least by realizing it is one, a profit will come.  Not from the tooth fairy who happens to sneak in my computer at night and like what I wrote for the day, but from real consumers, clients, partners working with the ultimate professional. (Hey, they don’t have to know, I’m still wearing my robe at 7pm) 🙂


November 15, 2006 at 6:20 pm 1 comment

A NanoNovel – Day 1

Managed to get a bit ahead of schedule with 2775 words for day one, which went pretty smoothly.  I was planning on posting here, but was advised that due to intellectual property laws for previously published works it was not suggested.  (Thanks Marie)

Guess you’ll all just have to wait for the real thing!

November 1, 2006 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Does a Rose by Any Other Name …

“Must a name mean something?” Alice asked doubtfully.

“Of course it must,” Humpty Dumpty said, with a short laugh. “My name means the shape I am and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape.”

                                                                               – Lewis Carroll

I never planned on using a pen name as part of my writing career.  It’s not that I find them distasteful in anyway, I just happen to be one of the few people I know who actually likes her name.  (Thanks Mom and Dad!) I know many famous writers have used pseudonyms to great success.  Just look at Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll.  Even J.K. Rowling preferred adopting her grandmothers’ middle initial over using her given name Joanne.  Ray Bradbury had over 17 different noms de plume!  And, there are lesser known writers with as many as 60 aliases used in publishing their works.  Sometimes it is wise or necessary for an author to take a pseudonym;  in cases where they may write for extremely different genres, or when their name is simply long or hard to remember. 

However, I feel strongly that a writer should be willing to take credit for anything she writes, no matter how well it is received or panned by the public.  There is an accountability to signing your name to a piece, sending it out into the world and owning a portion of its fruits, sweet or sour.

That said, I find myself with a dilemma.  There is already an established author and public speaker by the name of Rebekah Montgomery.  She has the website, and is very well known within the Christian writing world.  She is also a freelance writer who has written many magazine articles under the name.  

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My middle name, Lynn Montgomery is not an option if I plan on continuing to write screenplays, (and I do), because there is another screenwriter by that name, and the WGA will not allow two different people to be credited under the same name to avoid confusion.

My full name is still an option, but I wonder if it is still too similar to the aforementioned author, or too long.  At eight syllables: Rebekah Lynn Montgomery, may be a mouthful.  And then, there’s the spelling caveat.  Most people looking for me would assume my name is Rebecca. 

I’ve considered adopting my grandmother’s middle name Mae, but think it might read a bit old fashioned. My initials, R.L. Montgomery, (commonly how I sign my name), seem to me, to not give enough information about who I am.  However, that could be a good thing:

Studies show that sexism is still a strong force in the book market. Readers, especially boys and young men, tend to choose a male author’s name over a female author’s name. Fortunately, the studies also show that these sexist readers tend to assume that any gender-neutral name is male (this is why the author of the Harry Potter books uses initials instead of her first name- her publisher wanted her to avoid the sexual bias so common in boys).”

 – Jamie Hall, How to Choose a Pen Name

The L would most likely give away my female status though, just as easily knowing that there are few male names that start with an L. 

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The advice for writers searching for pen names is patchy at best, some suggest choosing a gender neutral name, others laud choosing a name from the first half of the alphabet as likely to get more premium bookstore shelf placement as opposed to those poor souls surnamed Zachary who will find themselves in the hunchbacks corner at the bottom of store shelves.  Other sage advice offered is to try and choose a name that will place you nearby other best-selling authors on the shelves; sandwiched between Stephen King and Dean Koontz for example. 

It’s definitely an issue that will take some more internal debate.  Though it all may seem like a moot point at the moment,  as I have nothing about to be published, I have been working on several articles, and sending queries out to publishers requires me to be somewhat resolved of my identity crisis.

I’m open to suggestions, so feel free to drop me any ideas you may have that wouldn’t be better suited to rap artists (thanks Kev!), wrestlers, or comic book heroes.

September 12, 2006 at 7:29 pm Leave a comment

A Foot in the Door

They tell you that going to church really does pay off, well in this case it was enrichment, but I think we’ll say it applies. I met a girl on Tuesday who I was chatting it up with and I told her I was a writer. She asked if I had a job and I told her not really, just some babysitting gigs. When she asked if I was looking I hesitated, thinking of all the possible low paying, boring positions she might have in mind, but then finally said, “Yeah, possibly, If it’s part time.”

She went on to tell me that she worked for a literary agency and was leaving her job to move back home and her position was open. She rattled off the name of some agency that sounded vaguely familiar, but nothing I could put my finger on and I agreed to send her my resume that night.

When I went home, I decided to do some research and find out why the name sounded so familiar. Janklow and Nesbit. There was hardly anything on the web, except that they were exclusive and probably the most well respected agency in the business. But as I kept searching I realized why I had heard the name..they had brokered nearly every one of my favorite books, most best sellers and had an exclusive, respected client list to die for, including many pulitzer prize winners. Their clients include: Jhumpa Lahiri, Edward P. Jones, Al Gore, Michael Chrichton, Anne Rice, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Danielle Steele and Hunter S. Thompson, just to name a few. They were even the agents for Jennifer Government by Max Barry…the book I talked about in my Serenala post, in which I’m totally immersed right now! That’s not even mentioning their film rights division. I was completely intrigued and scared to death.

But the next day, I was called in for an interview. Wow. I told the manager I was looking for part-time so I could focus on my writing and she said they were really looking for full-time, but she could appreciate that and maybe we could work something out.

So, yesterday, aka THE DAY FROM HELL (see next post) I stressed about what to wear and where I had put my notes for the interview and finally made it in for a pleasant, if cryptic interview. The lady was hard to read, but told me she would let me know if they decided they needed full time and give me the option of doing that if I felt I wanted. Is that a good sign??

When asked what I thought I was looking for salary wise I threw out a number, which was responded to with a yes much to quickly and I’m sure I should have asked for more now, but I’d be thrilled just to be there and learn about the business side of things.

So, in other words….WISH ME LUCK!!

May 20, 2005 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment


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