Rules change, and what’s the “right thing to do” today won’t be right tomorrow. And the entire idea of needing a pseudonym to shift genres is yesterday’s “right thing.”
After agent Dave Fessenden called into question my decision to write The Simulacrum under the name of “Glenna Galloway” (in the comments on Monday’s post), I asked the ones-in-the-know in the various loops I belong to. A variety of pubbed authors gave me a variety of answers, most of which were, “Don’t use a pseudonym.” A couple even suggested I not publish an action/adventure/mystery until I was more established in my usual romance/women’s fiction genres. Stick to what my readers expect of me. In other words, be genre-locked.
Others said to brand myself instead of my works. Just earn the reputation that if I wrote it–whatever genre it is–it’s gotta be good. I can do that.
Still others said that using a pen name is a good idea, as long as I make sure all my websites are connected, which I’d planned to do anyway.
After a long cyber-discussion on four threads and Monday’s comment section, I came away with one enduring fact: Conventional wisdom in this business changes faster than shoe fashion.
So, as much as I like the name “Glenna Galloway,” I’ll be using my legal name on all my books. Glenna will have to wait until I find a good novel for her to be a character in.