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reenkam
08-02-2007, 04:32 PM
If you want to use a pseudonym for your work, should you query with it or just use your real name to query and ask about the pseudonym later?

Jamesaritchie
08-02-2007, 04:44 PM
If you want to use a pseudonym for your work, should you query with it or just use your real name to query and ask about the pseudonym later?

Query with your real name. You don't even have to ask about a pseudonym. Just type the pseudonym you want to use under the title of the story, and that's the name that will appear in the byline.

Claudia Gray
08-02-2007, 06:31 PM
For Evernight, I queried under my real name and only settled on the pseudonym later. The publisher had no problem with that. Soon I'll be trying to branch into a new genre with a new pseud; I'll have to ask my agent how best to handle it!

AllieB
08-02-2007, 07:25 PM
I signed my query letters in this fashion:

"Sincerely, Susie Smith (writing under the pen name Suzanne Spectacular)"

It was never any kind of problem; when it came to signing contracts and publishers' info sheets there was always a space for "Legal Name" and "Pseudonym."

reenkam
08-02-2007, 09:10 PM
Thanks! :)

Jamesaritchie
08-03-2007, 12:49 AM
I signed my query letters in this fashion:

"Sincerely, Susie Smith (writing under the pen name Suzanne Spectacular)"

It was never any kind of problem; when it came to signing contracts and publishers' info sheets there was always a space for "Legal Name" and "Pseudonym."

Interesting. I've never seen a contract where the writer had to sign his pseudonym.