No, I'm not closing the blog, but like Clark Kent wearing glasses, I'm taking on an alter-ego. I've been thinking about this for a while and couldn't really come up with a reason not to do this now. In fact, I've just sent my first query as my other self, so now it seems urgent.
Here's the deal:
Publishing is a tough business to break into. While ultimately it will be my writing that fails or succeeds, I don't need any additional obstacles in my way. Someone once said, "to make it as a writer you've got to take what someone else did successfully and copy it." Well, someone once thought she might have an easier time if people didn't know she was a woman, so she used her initials and fooled the whole world hundreds of millions of times over.
Okay. I'll try that.
From what I can tell, without any scientific research, it's now more of a challenge for men to get published than women. So, rather than announcing that I am a man, although, I am announcing it here, I'm adopting a pen name, which seemed like a good idea anyway, since my last name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. Besides, I've written some not so flattering things about real people. Best to stay incognito. So, taking my initials, and my wife's maiden name, allow me to introduce myself.
Hello. My name is MC Howe. I wrote a middle grade adventure about pirates. I'm working on a ghost story, a YA zombie teen angst novel, and someday I'll get back to the teacher who falls in love with a nun.
Now I have to fix that damn banner at the top of the page.