To pseudonym or not to pseudonym?
August 25, 2012 12:34 PM Subscribe
Is using a pseudonym right for me? I'm a fiction writer, not a talk-radio host!
posted by Eldritch to media & arts (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm establishing an online presence for my writing pursuits (twitter, a blog, etc), but I don't have a web site or blog under my real name.
One of the reasons I've never used my real name online is that I have the exact same name (first and last) as a particularly odious and prolific far-right-wing talk radio host/blogger/writer. Literally the first 25 pages of google results for my name are this person (and, it being a relatively common first name and last name, the next dozen pages of results are all for other various doppelgangers of my name).
I know the value of having a professional online presence, and I want to engage with other authors, blog my experiences, and publicize my work. I've read and googled about extensively about pseudonyms, including the previous AskMe questions on the topic.
Unlike most of the people considering a pseudonym I read about, however, I'm not particularly worried about keeping my writing life a secret from family, friends or employers. In fact, I want to raise my profile and put myself out there in as professional a manner as possible. But I worry that using my actual real name will hurt more than it helps.
The pseudonym I'm considering is simply a variation of my real name (RealFirstname RealMiddlename instead of RealFirstname RealLastname), which is, as far as I can tell, unique in the world, and much more memorable than my real name.
So, here are my questions:
(1) Is this a good idea?
(2) Would my using a pseudonym mark me as unprofessional or a rank amateur in the eyes of agents, editors or publishers to whom I might submit work in the future?
(3) Are there any logistical, legal, or other challenges involved in using a pseudonym?