"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Some authors have achieved considerable fame writing under pseudonyms; George Eliot, George Orwell, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain and more recently, Lemony Snicket spring to mind...among many others.
A pseudonym is, of course, a fictitious name or 'pen name' which an author may choose to use for a variety of reasons. Perhaps to maintain privacy by concealing their real identity; perhaps to keep identities separate when writing in more than one genre, or for more than one age-group. Perhaps so an employer or prospective employer doesn't doubt their commitment to their everyday 'paying' job.
I just thought I'd put this question out there as I'm interested in taking a straw poll of what others are doing (or plan to do). If you're already blogging, and actively building a 'writer's platform' (see my earlier post on this here), chances are you've already given this topic some thought.
I know I first started thinking about this when I was quite young, as I'd always dreamed of writing a romance novel (specifically, a historical romance). It seemed to me in my youth (and I was only a teenager at the time) that romance authors always used pseudonyms, so I should too. I compiled a long list of options, which I've continued to add to over the years, as my writing skill, and choice of writing genre, and dream of publication have changed and matured.
- So how many of you out there in the blogosphere have chosen to 'blog' with an assumed name? If so, why?
- Are you seeking publication, and if so, do you plan to be published under a pseudonym? (or two)
- What are your reasons?
- And how on earth to choose a good name?