Considering Pseudonyms

December 5th, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

The always-helpful HelenKay Dimon tells us that JK Rowling is looking to the future — and that future has a name change. There will be life beyond Harry Potter. Being taken seriously as a post-Harry writer will be difficult for Rowling. Sure, we’ve heard that lightening strikes twice, but her future work will always be viewed through the lens of what is arguably the greatest literary success ever. Thus,

“There are other things I’d like to write. But I’ll need to find a good pseudonym.”

While we understand her logic, we feel obliged to tell Rowling the awful truth: the only way to keep a secret these days is to tell absolutely nobody. That includes your publisher. We will not detail the eventual problems that course of action will invite.

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