I wish my name sounded spookier. Seriously, Aaron Polson doesn't inspire terror, does it?
Here's the real debate, spurred by a discussion my wife and I had while looking at the back cover of Monstrous. I've been calling myself Aaron A. Polson for the purpose of bylines for the last year and a half. Aimee suggests I keep the A. because it makes my name longer, thereby taking up more space and making it more noticeable. (Yes, we really did have this discussion.) I think the extra initial might sound pretentious. I loathe pretentiousness and never want to exude that vibe. A number of publications have just listed me as Aaron Polson despite what was on the manuscript anyway.
So what to do? Do I "officially" drop the middle initial? There aren't a superfluous amount of Aaron Polsons running around; it's not as if I'm trying to separate from the herd.