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Re: CHAT: Middle Initials

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 13, 2001, 17:33
On Tue, 13 Feb 2001, Dan Jones wrote:

> I've noticed something. Loads of American names have an initial in the > middle, like Raymond E Feist, Kathlyn S Starbuck and even our own David E > Bell. Whereas over here we don't do this. Generally we just ignore our > middle names, and consequently a random letter in the middle of the name > looks weird to me. To me Daniel B Jones looks slightly pretentious. So, a > question for you over on the other side of the pond, why do you do it?
Someone cited legal reasons, but I notice you mentioned Raymond E. Feist. I do know that sometimes writers include middle initials in their bylines (their "published names") because it *does* help differentiate them, especially in the occasional case where their name looks like that of an existing well-known author. 'Course, if you're a "John Smith" or coincidentally a "Stephen King" you may want to write under a pseudonym, period. And some *writers* use different pseudonyms or bylines or versions of their name in different genres. My sister was thinking about using Y.K. Lee as her byline, because she hasn't met a non-Korean-fluent person yet who can pronounce "Yune Kyung" correctly on the first try. :-p Her one story-sale hasn't been published yet, though (it's on the queue) so I don't actually know what she decided. I considered publishing under Yoon H. Lee because "Ha" just sounds ludicrous, but I decided just to use my full name. There can be all sorts of reasons. =^) YHL or if you prefer, Yoon Ha Lee