So, after declaring my decision to self publish Shallow Waters, I have been busy preparing behind the scenes for its release. One of those preparations involved checking out Amazon and Goodreads and to my dismay I found that there was already an author by the name Rebecca Bradley listed. She is a Canadian author who writes Science Fiction, Fantasy and some religious and children’s stories. Her last published work was 2007.
I’m a little confused now about how to proceed. My cover designer is starting work the first week of December so I need to have made a decision by then.
I can add my middle initial J and have my books as Rebecca J Bradley. My Twitter name and Instagram account are both listed as this. But my blog is simply Rebeccabradleycrime.com
Or, I can use my name as it stands, Rebecca Bradley. As a Goodreads author, your books should be listed under the correct author. We write different genres and I have an online presence which the other author does not, which I hope will help keep things separated.
If I choose the option of adding my initial to my books, do I quickly buy a new domain name for my blog before the release comes out and hope I don’t lose a whole bunch of followers as doing it now would be easier than doing it later down the line?
OK, to help with this, I’ve just done a Google search of the name Rebecca Bradley and this blog comes up as the first listing. I don’t think it would be wise to change the domain name now. The other author (there are other Rebecca Bradley’s – illustrators, designers etc) is listed second to bottom of the first page and it’s her Wikipedia page, not her own web page or social media. So I’m thinking, I need to keep the blog as just Rebecca Bradley, but what do I do about my books?
I am completely confused. Any help or idea’s would be greatly appreciated.