Tuesday, February 7, 2012

E.J. Copperman asks: What's In A Name?

by Guest Blogger E.J. Copperman

E.J. Copperman--No. Seriously.

I'll get it right out of the way: The third book in my Haunted Guesthouse mystery series, OLD HAUNTS, will be published February 7. I think it's good, and hope you will, too. And I wouldn't have brought it up but for two things: 1. A couple of incidents related to OLD HAUNTS prompted this post and 2. I'd be an idiot not to promote my book on this blog.

Here's the thing--In the past week, I've seen the first review of OLD HAUNTS, and someone listing their favorite mysteries of 2011 was kind enough to include my AN UNINVITED GHOST among those. The review was very complimentary and generous, and I appreciated it greatly. Never let it be said I reacted badly to any review, but especially a positive one. And it was honestly a thrill to be included among someone's favorites of the year. Authors live for such moments. I'll never complain about them, I promise. There was, however, one point on both the review and the list that attracted my attention, and I'll admit in both cases, it concerned me.

Both the reviewer and the kind reader think my last name is "Cooperman."

Now, I realize that the name "Copperman" is easy to misread and just as easy to mis-type. I get that. I don't blame anybody for the error, which believe me happens all the time. It's been a problem for as long as I've been named Copperman. I live in fear that one day even I will get it wrong.

I have, in fact, considered actually CHANGING my name to "Cooperman," so that those people would be right. But I worry that then they'd start spelling it "Copperman," and I'd be out of options.

The fact is, as long as people remember the title of the book (which in this case, I might have mentioned, is OLD HAUNTS), a letter or two misplaced in the author's name is probably unimportant. Still, there is a certain visceral response when you see your own name misspelled. You feel like people don't really care who you are, that you are secondary to the process, that you might as well be named something else for all they care.

All of which is essentially true and perfectly natural, but it's just a couple of letters, for crying out loud.

After all, do I spell YOUR name wrong?


E.J. Copperman is the author of the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. The latest in the series, OLD HAUNTS, publishes February 7. Previous titles include NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED and AN UNINVITED GHOST. You can find out more at www.ejcopperman.com

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Sue said...

I wouldn't care what your name was, I love this series!!! Happily Old Haunts was sitting on my kindle fire this morning when I got up so I'll be doing a lot of reading soon. Thanks for a great series E.J. Copperman :D

Barbara said...

My maiden name was impossible to spell so when I took the married name of Mitchell, I thought no one would be misspelling my name ever again. NOT! You would be amazed at how many ways people can think of to misspell such a simple and common name. You're not alone, E. J. Copperman.

Shirley said...

Just got it today!

Heather Blake Webber said...

It does get frustrating. We get a lot of Weber instead of Webber (including my kids' school awards and trophies, etc). So far so good with me and "Blake" though.

Looking forward to the new book!

Edel said...

My surname is Waugh and I get called everything from Wong, Wall etc. It can be a pain in the butt . Lookiing forward to reading this next book. Getting it this week WooHoo!!

Vickie said...

My maiden name was misspelled with a T instead of a P....my maiden name was Winship.....

Your latest book arrived on the doorstep over the weekend..I love this series!

S. Lefebvre said...

I totally get you. My maiden name ended in an -s, and people would always leave the -s off. Now, my married name is Lefebvre, and I either have to laugh and say "pronounced nothing like it's spelled (Le-fave)" and watch them do a double take and try to sound it out, or, if I'm trying to say my name over the phone for people to write down, I have to say "L as in Lima, e as in elephant, f as in fargo, e as in elephant, b as in boy, V as in Victor, r, e."
But, I just wanted to say, I love the series! Night of the Living Deed is one of my most visited re-reads!

E.J. Copperman said...

Glad so many people are taking a look at OLD HAUNTS, whatever my name is! It's amazing how many people don't pay attention to that, isn't it?

Aurian said...

So many people make mistakes in a name, even when they first have to spell it correctly for the email address. So clumsy. And I do agree, to misspel an authors name is not fun. I would not find your book if I googled with the wrong name, now would I?

Sue Copperman said...

my surname is also Copperman so I share your pain. We get Cooperman all the time, or Copperfield, and my poor father-in-law suffered 'Chopperman' at his own funeral - he would have found it hilarious, having suffered a lifetime of misnomers!!