Why do writers abbreviate their names? I know S.E. Hinton abbreviated hers cause the publishers thought she’d sell more books if they could convince readers the roughneck characters from The Outsiders and Rumblefish were written by a hardscrabble dude and not a 16-year-old girl. I’m sure some other lady authors have pulled that trick in the past too. People do it now because they want their names to sound fancier than they are, and thus more credible maybe? If you’re name’s Jane Smith then J.R.R. Tolkiensmith is definitely got more panache to it. The worst is when they only abbreviate one name, like S. Steven Stevenson. Like that first name is of national security.
Personally it’s an immediate red flag whenever I see it in the submissions inbox or on the book table, sends a message that someone’s trying to be a fancy boy, or girl. We know this is why people imitate it, but why did authors originally do it? Anyone know?