I’ve been reading and listening to more advice for writers lately. One thing that keeps coming up is that readers can be put off if they enjoy one particular book by an author, and then read another book by that author that is dramatically different in genre. The usual suggestions for dealing with problem are for authors to 1) brand themselves by focusing just on one genre until they breakout, or 2) establish pseudonyms for themselves when they work in different genres.
Since I simply find it impossible to confine myself to one genre in writing when I enjoy reading so many different kinds of books, I’ve begun to give thought to the pseudonym idea. I’ve decided that I will certainly keep Charles Allen Gramlich for my heroic fantasy work, and will probably use just Charles Gramlich for any nonfiction. But what about westerns and horror? Or what if I decide to write something urban fantasy?
Yesterday I came up with an idea for a western work and put down some ideas. I was thinking along with it about possible pseudonyms. The first one I came up with that I liked was “Matt Boone,” but then I realized there is the rather famous, “Pat Boone.” I think those are just too close. I tried Matt Sage, but was concerned about the two four-letter words together. Some of you who’ve read my work know I like the name “Boone,” so I jotted down Boone Holland as a possible pseudonym, and then Wade Savage occurred to me in the middle of the night but is maybe too much. I kind of like Wade, though, so was thinking Wade Bonner.
So what do you folks think?
Or do all of these suck?