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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by JJBuchholz View Post
    Personally, I've never seen the point of, nor would I ever use a pen name. I'm of the belief that by using your own name, you stay true to yourself an your writings.

    -JJB
    You need a name on the cover to remind you to stay true to yourself? Is there that big of a temptation to be untrue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJBuchholz View Post
    Personally, I've never seen the point of, nor would I ever use a pen name. I'm of the belief that by using your own name, you stay true to yourself an your writings.

    -JJB
    I'm of the belief that your name has never seen a cover.
    The drawback to pseudonyms, in my view, is that you cannot then identify your work. I used pseudos for many years, as my last name is virtually unpronounceable despite it being only six letters. As a consequence, my byline is not familiar even though I've published thousands of articles, 300+ short stories and two novels over 40 years. Nowadays I use my real name and it feels like starting over, because it is. Lots of those contracts included language to not 'out' the nom de plume.
    Recently, I ghosted someone's political column for two years. I can't reveal who for the rest of this year, and as a consequence, I have no portfolio and no political work is forthcoming unless I want to do HuffPost freebies.





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  3. #13
    Using a pen name insulates me from the public. It also allows me to write more than one type of book. See, the Ralph Rotten brand name is designed for a specific type of book; crass, adult content, lewd characters, etc. So if I wanted to write something serious...like literature, or managed to completely trash the brand name, I just write under a new pseudonym.

    Also, a pen name allows me to publish the kinds of content that I would not normally publish under my real name; some jobs include background checks, or you may simply not want your family knowing what kinds of things you are writing. Also, a pen name insulates your professional world from your private one; on my RR accounts I avoid politics because it would cost me a lot of readers. I do the political trolling under another name so it doesn't infect the Ralph Rotten accounts.

  4. #14
    Exactly, Ralph! I write the middle grade, YA and will do younger reader stories under my own name - if I keep it this way, that is. And I do sweet contemporary romance under my pen, which is one of my nicknames along with my mom's maiden name and mine. So, it's me - sort of, but keeps things apart.

    I don't feel I'm being untrue to myself. What I write is where it counts. I'm true to myself there always.

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