On pen names
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry my next book, Sapphire Blue is erotica. Today I want to talk about pen names a little bit.
I am using a pen name, but that name is g.doucette, which it doesn’t take a genius to figure out is me. That’s because I don’t really have a problem with people connecting Gene Doucette, best-selling author of fantasy sci-fi mashups, with g. doucette, author of a (really awesome) work of supernatural erotica. But I do want the people familiar with my existing work to recognize that Sapphire Blue is a little different, and the easiest way to do that is by changing the name on the cover in a recognizable way.
Deciding on the best way to do this
Before settling on this, though, I went back and forth on pen names for a long time. I changed my mind about six times and even thought up a real pen name I was set on using. (I just spent ten minutes trying to remember what the name was before giving up. I guess it wasn’t memorable?)
Here are some advantages and disadvantages.
- nobody knows I wrote these really graphic sex scenes so I don’t have to be embarrassed about having written these really graphic sex scenes
- lynch mobs won’t even know where to find me
- my family will definitely still talk to me
- my existing fan base will definitely still talk to me
- I can pretend to be a female author if I want
- I would have to invent a new online presence from scratch which, while fun, is really time-consuming
- there would be no way to connect my existing readers to my new novel, and it would seem like an eternity had passed since my last novel came out
- a key marketing strategy would have to be set aside (established best-selling author writes erotica!)
- nobody would believe I was a female author
- if the book did as well as I hope it does my name would come out anyway
What made the decision for me
When running through the options yet again, a friend asked me if I was proud of what I had written. That was a good question.
And I really am. There are a lot of salacious bits, and there are going to be days–many days–when I look at something I put in this book and want to pretend I never wrote it and OMG-what-the-fuck-hide-me. (This will happen about fifteen times during the edit, I guarantee.) But at the same time, I didn’t just rush out a dirty book. I put a lot into Sapphire Blue, and I like it a lot, and without giving away the ending here let’s just say that I really stuck the landing.
I’ll be rolling out descriptions in the next month or two and then we can talk a little bit more about what Sapphire Blue is about and what I think you might think of it, but for now all I want you to understand is that this is something I legitimately wanted to write and enjoyed writing. So I’m proud of it, and I want my name on it, even if it means some of you are going to read it and not be able to look me in the eye for a while.
So follow me
If you read erotica and also my books, I have a feeling I don’t have to convince you of anything here, but for those of you that don’t read erotica (I don’t either… shh), I hope in the next few months I can convince you to take a look at Sapphire Blue anyway. I’ll provide excerpts here from time to time just to prove I’m not completely off the reservation.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go work on Immortal 3 some more.