A recent blog entry on names reminded me of a question that has been swirling around in my mind for quite some time. (If you could slide the gin pail a bit toward me I'd be much obliged.)
I have a last name that consists of 17 letters, which also is not a last name that people find easy to pronounce and I don't think anyone will ever remember anything about it other than "the one with the ass-long last name." I always thought of playing around with a short version of it or perhaps changing it ... but I wanted to ask if it's that big a deal, or if it really will affect me in some way?
well, after seeing your name on the from on my email, I will say this: it's long, it doesn't trip off the tongue, BUT it's visually memorable.
You'd be surprised how many book sellers can find a book based on "parameters" like "yanno, that blue book from the girl on tv this morning". So, a search for "yanno, that novel by the long ass name writer" should be a piece of cake...unless of course they start searching for the name Longass.
If you write well enough, you'll be in the front of the store anyway.