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Gender bias and the question whether to Nom de Plume.
I just finished my fourth novel, right on the heels of my third, which is being edited, and I've run headlong right into a wall. Unlike the first three, which are modern, mythological fantasies, this one is more of an erotic thriller. Though still fiction, it is separated from the others by at least a few degrees, genre speaking. So I am confronted with the possible necessity of publishing it under a pen name.
There are several reasons why I should probably do this, of course. Readers tend to like their authors to write in just one genre, otherwise they are perceived to be too much of a "Jack-of-all-trades", and their books probably aren't as good as an author who sticks to just one genre. I've already noted this phenomena in my career as a visual artist, where I indulge myself in painting, photography, and sculpture, as well as commercial art.
Many authors of the past and present have used Nom de Plumes for this very reason, to keep separate their various readerships. Okay, it's common practice, so why do I hesitate? MORE...