Welcome to davidallenbates.com and my first blog posting. The website is davidallenbates.com because that’s my full given name (my middle name Allen is my maternal grandmother’s family name) and it was the domain name made available to me when I decided I needed one. When first deciding to finally market my writing I simply used David Bates as the byline on the articles, poems, and short stories that I penned and then attempted to peddle. So, everything that I have written and published prior to my book coming out is under David Bates. However, when I finally decided to write a book, I noticed there were several other authors named David Bates. So, as a tribute to my favorite author, Robert B. Parker, I decided to include my middle initial on any books that I published. Name recognition is a key element for any writer seeking success in the publishing world. The most successful authors are the ones whose name takes up more of the cover than the book title. Being a lifelong writer but first time author this definitely does not apply to me, which is why the David A. Bates on my book takes a back seat to the title. Plus the fact that the subject of my book is one of the most famous figures on the planet. So, even if it wasn’t my first book the title subject would still no doubt rate more cover space. So, to recap, the website’s David Allen, all of the books will be David A., and all other writings are just David. Oh yeah, and in person most of the people I know just call me Dave. Simple, right? Hopefully, all future efforts by this writer will be listed on this site leaving no doubts as to who penned them.  Oh well, like my old grandpa (who called me Dave) used to say, “Call me anything you want, just don’t call me late for supper.”