I’ve run into a ridiculous problem, one that I’m rather embarrassed to discuss here, but I really would like some input. The manuscript is almost ready for publishing, the cover art should be done by the end of the week. That means, next week, things should start happening.
My problem? Under what name should I publish my work? I have a decent pseudonym, one that my partner and I thought up all by ourselves. One that would give me a last name starting with M instead of W. But at the same time, publishing under a name that isn’t mine would confuse the hell out of my mother when she asks about the book.
It might confuse me.
And then there will be the question: Why? What’s wrong with the name you have?
My answer? I have no idea what I was thinking, but I do have other manuscripts out there that are not of this genre that I plan on publishing and I’ve heard that many multi-genre authors will give each genre it’s own pen name. Then there’s the part where the name I have now is associated with my former spouse. While that’s not bad, if I actually do make it big, how will they feel having “their” name associated with diverse couples?