New Genre, New Pen Name? – Guest Post by Jaq D Hawkins…

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Another new year begins and thoughts turn to renewal and new beginnings. 2016 gave us all some challenges and some heavy losses in the entertainment industry, so now we look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for us on all fronts.

It doesn’t take a new year or the month of January to bring up musings of changes though. Authors see change with every new project; a new environment to build, new fictional characters to develop and our own ever changing relationship with the imaginary worlds that we write.

Sometimes a new project can take us far afield from what we’ve created before, even into a new genre. If the change is significant, we might even consider starting in this new direction with a new pen name. It is commonly done among well-known writers. For example, Agatha…

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3 thoughts on “New Genre, New Pen Name? – Guest Post by Jaq D Hawkins…

  1. George Eliot springs to mind, as a female writer trying to be successful in a world that was male-dominated at the time. Is that still necessary, I wonder? Do we still regard female writers to be working in a specific style, for a different market? I don’t myself, but can see where it might happen.
    Perhaps Rowling did it best, in recent times. Just using initials leaves everyone guessing, until success appears.
    Best wishes, P. Johnson. ( 🙂 )

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    1. Hahaha. I think it is still the case to be honest, but getting better. Sometimes I don’t think it helps that women’s literature is called ‘Chick Lit’ (I hate that categorisation) a book is a book is a book to me. I also think the publishing companies have a fair bit to answer for – I think they should read any offered book without knowing the authors name and then accept/reject/catergorize – a lot of competitions do that now, which I think is a lot better, gives everyone a more even chance. I think if JK had called herself by her full name, she may not have got passed the first step.


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