So, after stalking quite a few threads in this category, I saw a few things in common and got curious.
I’ve noticed that a lot of writers have come to WP to gain a following and show publishers that their work has an audience. That being said, what exactly does that mean?
I’m 16 and - though I may dream of it on the side - my first and main goal is NOT to be an author as my only career. I love writing and I may try to pursue it on the side someday - I’ve had a few short stories published here and there already - but it’s not my main goal. That being said, if I was pursuing it, I’d probably want to use my real name and I use a sort of pen name on Wattpad. Again, this isn’t about my actual career path, but rather something that made me curious.
If I had a following under a pen name on Wattpad, would that be enough to convince publishers that my work would have an audience under my real name?
Just curious and I’m looking forward to everyone’s thoughts on this!
EDIT: To clarify, my question is "if an author has a following under a pen name, would that following still be viable to talk about when trying to publish under their real name?"