When should writers use a pen name or pseudonym? If they decide to adopt one, how should writers use a pen name or pseudonym? We dive into these questions here. While speaking at a workshop over the weekend, I was asked about using a pen name. The writer already had a byline as a journalist and wanted to break into women's fiction and romance.
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12 Author Pseudonyms And The Stories Behind The Names
Many authors have chosen to publish by a pen name. But where pen names get interesting is when an established author decides to slip past the spotlight and write something secretly under a pseudonym. Consider the following examples:. The English crime writer wrote an impressive 66 detective novels and more than 15 short story collections under her own name, but she also wrote six romance novels under the name Mary Westmacott. What a wicked sense of humor this founding father had. After being denied publication in the paper, the sly writer took on the alias, and was quickly published. Of hoop skirts, the cheeky Mrs.
10 Authors Who Write Under Different Pen Names
Many female writers have adopted male nom de plumes , or otherwise gender-ambiguous pseudonyms, for a number of reasons: to publish without prejudice in male-dominated circles; to experiment with the freedom of anonymity; or to encourage male readership. Below we have profiled 12 women authors, from Louisa May Alcott to J. Rowling, who have written under male pseudonyms, and discussed their pertinent reasons for doing so.
T he realisation that if I ever managed to write a novel it would have to be under another name came 12 years ago when I was sitting in the Guardian's newsroom writing a story as Sarah Hall. An email appeared from a friend: "Have you written a novel? My stomach clenched. Did I exist in some parallel universe where I managed to write fiction instead of stories about libel cases and child abductions? No, I was a reporter, nothing else.