Tuesday, March 15, 2011

To Pseudonym Or Not To Pseudonym

I've run across a new problem... I have multi-genre story ideas. It makes me feel a little ADHD to tell you the truth. I've been reading that once you develop a platform for your writing, readers can feel confused or betrayed if you jump from one genre to another, but I have inside me an idea for a Romantic Suspense novel... AND a YA Dystopian... AND a Thriller...

I have very eclectic reading tastes (I read anything I can get my hands on), and so I trend toward very eclectic writing. Will my future readers be able to cope? I have thought that I should at least use a pseudonym to separate the romance from the rest, but is that really necessary?

As readers and writers, what do you think?


  1. If I had to do it over again I would have a pseudonym because I think it would be fun to have a different name!

    Looking forward to your April posts, and I'm follower #8, yay!


  2. And I totally agree with you that Anne R. Allen's blog is a must-read!

  3. While I do think it can be hard for established writers to jump from one genre to another, it's not impossible. (I say, from my extensive four month experience as a marketing assistant at an independent publisher, haha.)

    I think the great thing about NOT being published right now is you don't have to worry about it, really. Just work on your romance or thriller or dystopian young adult novel and don't feel hemmed in because you really don't have to make decisions about platforms and pseudonyms or anything right now. That's my theory, anyway.