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February 13, 2013

Pseudonyms

embarrassedI find myself faced with a dilemma. Should an author should use a pen name when crossing genres?

I have written seven children’s books to date and I hope to write more. However, I am working on a book which … let’s just say it’s intended for a much more mature audience. When I published my first book I banked on people recognizing my name on the cover. This time around, I’m not so sure.

There is more to this than market segmentation. There are no holds barred in this book and as I write I wonder if anyone will see me reflected in these fictitious characters and assume that their experiences are mine. Of course it’s impossible to market a book and remain anonymous but a pen name may bring some imagined freedom as I write.

What are your thoughts on the issue?

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