Friday, April 27, 2012

XOXO You Know You Love Me

I like to escape with Gossip Girl for the ultra-melodramatic storylines, the outlandish I-would-so-never-wear-that-even-if-it's-couture fashion, and the highbrow society events. The characters are fun to watch too, with the most intriguing character being Gossip Girl herself. Gossip Girl is the pen name for the original host of this blog publicizing the private lives of Manhattan's young and spoiled. She often signs off on her posts with  "You know you love me, XOXO Gossip Girl."

The pen name of Gossip Girl allows the writer to be anonymous. That is one reason why some writers assume pen names. Published authors who want to write in a genre outside of what they're known for sometimes also use pen names. Another reason why writers assume pen names is because they want to distinguish between their identity in one profession and another- for example, they don't want their reputation as a phlebotomist  to mix with their reputation as a writer of YA vampire lit.  

While I like my name, I haven't ruled out the possibility of using a pen name someday, especially since I am interested in writing in a variety of genres for both children and adults. 

Do you prefer pen names or real names? Do share.

XOXO,
C at Read is the New Black

17 comments:

Honey said...

Actually, my blogger name is a pen name. (Shocker right) I think I will always use a pen name because I never wanted the fame part of writing. Public speaking is beyond my worst nightmare.

Honey said...

Actually, my blogger name is a pen name. (Shocker right) I think I will always use a pen name because I never wanted the fame part of writing. Public speaking is beyond my worst nightmare.

Shelley Sly said...

I'd always imagined I'd use a pen name if I was published, but the past few years I've been making lots of connections in the real world, and so using my real name might be a benefit. We'll see, if the time comes.

Mina Burrows said...

Mine is a pen name. It's strictly a marketing thing for me.

Paula Martin said...

Mine is a pen name - and it's now my online alter ego!

Julie Dao said...

I'd rather use my real name. I've dreamed of seeing my name on a book since forever! But I can definitely see the benefits of having a penname if you want to dabble in a different genre.

Jay Noel said...

I use a pen name too. Just in case I screw up, burn bridges, or just plain fail. It's just a pen name!

Kate O'Mara said...

I've written as a ghost & with pen names by request of the editor/publisher. Now, 20 years into my career, I think it was a mistake as there is little out there with my name on it. New editors/publishers say 'who are you?' Just thinking out loud here...
Kate
http://whenkateblogs.blogspot.com/

Dawn Malone said...

I'd use my real name if I were writing for different genres. I've worked too long and hard to not see my name on everything I write!

Jay Noel said...

Cynthia: Just wanted to answer your question here: no agent. Yet. I figure when the time is right...I went about getting a publisher in a strange not-so-conventional way. After 12 years of rejections, I decided to put my sales experience to use. I scored a one-on-one meeting with a publisher, and pitched to her right there. Got a contract in my hands two weeks later.

Kathleen Valentine said...

I was born with my name but people always think it is a pen name. I wonder what I would change it too....

Lynda R Young said...

Personally I'd prefer a pen name, but I started out using my real name... and it's soooo common, but it's not so easy to change names when you've built a solid networking platform. And then there's the matter of which name to choose. So many choices! ;)

Cynthia said...

Thanks for commenting, everyone! It's insightful to learn the reasoning behind those who want to publish with pen names and real names.

Ricardo Miñana said...

have an interesting space, a great pleasure to read you.
if you like the poetry I invite you to my space.
happy day.
a greeting.

Rachel Morgan said...

I got hooked on Gossip Girl around season 2 or 3, but since then I've fallen behind in what's happening so I'm not too interested anymore. At the moment I'm happy using my real name to write under (well, it's my first and second name, not my surname). Don't know if I'll ever write under another name!

Lissa Clouser said...

I have nothing against pen names and can certainly understand why they are useful for some, but for me I'll always stick with my real name. It's a personal issue about owning who I am and what I do for me. =)

Anonymous said...

nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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