I am an indie author who publishes as Steven L Campbell. The venues where I sell my books have no problem that I do not put a period after my middle initial. Neither do my faithful readers and followers. Why should they care how I wish my name to appear on my books or at my websites? It’s no big deal. Right?
Well, for some websites, it is a big deal. And a deal that seems close to being a criminal act.
When I set up my Shelfari account so I could add Book Extras at my Amazon Author Page, they said “No. You cannot be Steven L Campbell. You must be Steven L. Campbell.” Unfortunately, this created chaos when I added Book Extras to Steven L Campbell’s books from my Steven L. Campbell Shelfari account.
When I added an author page to my Goodreads account 22 months ago, I was Steven L Campbell, Goodreads author. Then the librarians there decided I had to be Steven L. Campbell, Goodreads author. Naturally, this created chaos similar to what I dealt with at Shelfari.
I think we Americans (in the USA, at least) make too big a deal about periods after initials. I have read many European authors who omit periods after initials, and who spell Mr, Mrs, and Dr without periods. Even some American authors, including Stephen King, have omitted periods in the titles I mentioned.
I was taught in high school not to abbreviate President Harry S Truman’s middle initial because it did not stand for a name. But some librarian got her panties in a bunch and almost all references to the man have a period after the S.
Whether I like it or not, I am Mr. Steven L. Campbell, author … at least in the USA … I mean U.S.A.