What's In a Name?
So I wrote that I submitted a story this evening. That's not completely true. I actually submitted three. One was a horror story I've workshopped and for which have been collecting rejections. The other two are erotic romances that I wrote four years ago and have had the rights revert to me. I almost shelved them, then felt that they would do me no good by collecting digital dust in the warrens of my Dropbox.
I've no idea if I'll find a home for them. The horror story is anybody's guess. It's possible that I'll be able to place the erotic romances. If I do, I'm wondering whether or not I should either resurrect my old pen name or keep them under the name by which I write science fiction and fantasy.
The "exciting" fiction taught me a lot about writing and marketing, and the fact that I wrote erotica has been an open secret in science fiction circles. While having a pen name would separate that work from my primary focus, I don't know whether or not I want to have to put in the time required to resurrect that identity.
To write under a different name, or under my own...that is the question.
Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State. His work has appeared in The Horror Zine, Rayguns Over Texas!, Horror U.S.A.: Texas, Campfire Macabre, The Dread Machine, and Generation X-ed.
He lives in Central Texas.