I just got my first work for hire assignment. Woo hoo! But I don’t know what name to use. Should I just use my real name? Should I use a pen name? A friend of mine who does a lot of this sort of freelance thing, uses a pen name for all of it, to distinguish it from the stuff he writes out of love. And he doesn’t market himself at all for the freelance stuff, so it doesn’t matter.
I think it’s a fairly common practice to use a different name for the freelance work that just pays the bills. So then the question is, what name?
Just for fun, let’s come up with some possible pseudonyms for my freelance work. What do you think? What name should I use? Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling (add your suggestions in the comments):
Victoria Spelling (get it?)
Well, I guess whatever name goes on that book-I’ll-never-hold-in-my-hands, it’s just pretty darn cool to be paid to write. Right?