Pseudonyms or Pen Names
Have you ever published something under a pseudonym?
I never have, but I have been tempted to. My name in real life also happens to be the name of a rather popular English actress, so that might cause a bit of confusion if I ever published anything. Plus, I have a super-common last name, so that might be a problem somewhere down the line. A pseudonym like “Lemony Snicket” is a lot more recognizable than the ordinary “Daniel Handler,” but I don’t think I’d go the strange/absurd route with a pseudonym.
I would think that pseudonyms might cause issues in the publishing world, especially if you published traditionally. You’d have to make sure you weren’t violating any copyright by using the particular name you chose. But I also think that using a pseudonym would help you separate your identity as an author from your identity as a regular person.
Or, if you write in different genres, a pseudonym might be useful. Writing romances under one name and sci-fi under another, if you’re so inclined. It makes sense. If you’re like Stephen King and you’re very prolific, you could use a pseudonym so that readers won’t think that your books are flooding one genre.
Another thing to consider if you’re looking into getting published…