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    Should I use different pen names?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by The95Writer, Feb 12, 2014.

    I like to write different genres of fiction. Plus, I will be working on non-fiction too.

    So, is it okay to use ONE name or is it best to come up with pen names?
     
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    there's no 'okay' that works for everyone and no 'best'!

    there's only what works for you... many famous writers used more than one pen name before they became famous and some still do...
     
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    Depends on the genre. I started out using pen names for different kinds of books, but it became too much of a pain; now I'd only use them for erotica/romance/everything else.

    Of course, if you're trade published, the publisher might want you to use a pen name even for similar genres.
     
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    You could use pen names, but if you're successful, you might wind up like Stephen King, with reprints of his Richard Bachman books coming out under his real name.

    I think, these days, it doesn't really matter all that much. Genres are getting blended. Besides, if I like a writer's science fiction, I'll probably like his Westerns, too. I'd stick with the same name, no matter what genre I'm working in.
     
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    It comes down to why you choose to use a nom de plume to begin with. Maybe you are writing steamy romance novels and don;t want that to "taint" your "serious" writing. And perhaps you are a woman writing in a genre that female authors are discriminated against (not much of an issue these days). So you use as many pseudonyms as you need to meet your purposes.

    Myself, I couldn't be sussed.
     
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    If the difference is obvious, westerns to science fiction, then it really doesn't matter.

    If the difference is subtle but important, detective/mystery to psychic detective who believes in ghosts, then maybe.

    If the change is to or even away from hard core sex, then almost certainly.
     

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