The entire J.K.Rowling unmasking as the author Robert Galbraith was an interesting exercise in the use of the pseudonym by authors famous in one genre moving to another. And the history of literature is full of such examples as a simple search will pull up.
Which leads me to the problem I’ve been thinking about as I head to the 30% completion rate for my first fiction work. Do I use my real name on this genre or do I move to something else?
And yeah, I already know I’m a bit premature but my experience is that I tend to get my ducks in a row as I work through a project. I’m thinking about author names, finding a great fiction editor with serious experience, cover art and all the associated “stuff” that goes with today’s publishing models for the self-published.
I worked hard to establish my gardening name and writing fiction under that name may somehow work against that brand. It may not but it’s impossible to tell.
What is clear however is there is already another Douglas Green writing fiction (and reviewing his own books himself which is a no-no) and I don’t want to be associated with his brand. How would readers distinguish between the two? Would they? And what happens if the reviews for his books are poor? Does that work against me? (clearly)
For this reason, I’ve decided to go with a pseudonym and that presents other challenges indeed. I get to start the entire platform process all over again (insert one big sigh here) and I also get to sort out exactly what I’d do differently or the same. (insert opportunity knocking audio clip here)
There’s a part of me saying, “Oh Crap!” to myself and a part that’s quite impishly gleeful about it all.
And so while I reinvent my writing career, I really do get to start all over again. Right from the very beginning. Proving once again, “life is a giggle.”
Any of you ever had to do this?