Do you Need Pseudonyms if You Write in Different Genres?

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Do you Need Pseudonyms if You Write in Different Genres?

Postby DrG2 » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:27 pm

When is it good and when is it bad?

If I write things with violence and (non graphic) sex and bad words,
and also write
YA adventures.
and
Fairy tales for adults.
and
Epic Fantasy for adult readers,
and
Other Speculative Fiction . . .

do I need different pseudonyms so that little Billy, a fan of a YA adventure, doesn't go on Amazon and "look inside" a novel with graphic violence and the F* and C* words?

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Re: Do you Need Pseudonyms if You Write in Different Genres?

Postby nhope » Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:18 am

That's probably only a decision only you can make, but I would, because, I would want to "feel" like a different person writing those stories, and not nhope all the time. (Not my real name, lol)

If I was writing smutty spam, I would pick a name that sounded exotic and sensual, a fairy tale, a name that sounded gentle and safe.

edit: had to come up with something better then "porny"

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Re: Do you Need Pseudonyms if You Write in Different Genres?

Postby pale writer » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:41 am

I'm on the fence but am sure their agent would steer them correctly. There seems to be both plus and minus. I suppose it would depend too on how drastic of change and whether it is the author's new path of genre. Hard to say. Best luck.

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Re: Do you Need Pseudonyms if You Write in Different Genres?

Postby James A. Ritchie » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:33 am

Some writers do use pseudonyms for different genres, and some do not, usually if the genres aren't widely different.

Sometimes it's necessary when you write erotica, and also write kids books. Believe me, you do not want the trouble that comes if little Johnny looks up the name on his children's book and comes away asking money or daddy what naughty words mean.

Sometimes it's also necessary because of your contract. A large publisher can sew up you name, especially for certain kinds of books, so if you also want to write for a different publisher, you must do so under another name.

Most often, however, it isn't a matter of need, just of preference and common sense.


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