I’ve talked about this before, and recently on an episode of the Functional Nerds podcast. But, I’m not a huge fan of pseudonyms or pen names. I get why they are used. I understand the logic. I just don’t like either.
Acceptable uses of a pen name or pseudonym IMHO include:
- Someone who wants to keep their writerly life separate from their everyday life
Huh. Short list.
Some of the logical reasons for using a pen name I can accept include:
- To separate stories you’ve written in one genre, from another
- To create a brand name for a specific genre/type of story
- To allow a prolific writer to push their work out without flooding the marketplace
The last one is the most interesting to me. There are writers who produce so much, their publisher can’t publish it all, but they want to. The writers option is to go with another publisher, which doesn’t solve the problem of over-saturating the market, or adopt a pen name.
For me, I want my name on the book. I want my name on ALL the books I write. It’s important to me in a way that can often be difficult to articulate. Even in a post like this one…
What do you think about pseudonyms or pen names?
Have you ever discovered the ‘true identity’ of an author and found it changed your feelings about the book?