Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month!

How do we celebrate that?!?  I honestly don’t know so I wrote Lone Star Publishing, the creator of the month, to find out what they intended.  I got a very nice letter back saying they weren’t the creators and apparently there’s yet another Lone Star Publishing underneath a different parenting publishing company.  So, I decided to figure it out on my own.

I could write letters to authors or editors of books that I really love, but in 9 out of 10 cases, I probably won’t get a response and my letter will end up in the shredder.  One article I read said we should give fancy pens to “the writers in your life.”

Unless you are married to an author, that’s just kind of weird.  Most writers I know that write in longhand use a legal pad (so glamorous) and a particular pen.  Unless you know what particular pen that they use, chances are they won’t like trying something new. The rest of those writers are fast typists.  So again, I don’t get it.  So I’ll focus on something fascinating instead that makes good dinner conversation: Pseudonyms.

A pseudonym, nom de plume, or pen name can almost seem like a secret identity to an author.  I know, I’ve used more than one on several occasions.  When secret identities are revealed, readers are shocked.  I certainly remember being shocked to find out Carolyn Keene was actually a name used for the work of a group of writers.

And then, other times, secret identities revealed have made me laugh aloud, like when I found out Samuel Langhorne Clemens tried out the pen name, Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, before settling on Mark Twain.  Then there is Daniel Handler who chose the name, Lemony Snicket, to pen his Series of Unfortunate Events books.

For fun, over dinner, ask your family members what their nom de plume would be.  If you need ideas how to go about it, do what some authors do:

Look around the room. Say aloud the first two words you spy.  (In my case, that would be Sequence Sponge.)

Pick a friend or a family member. Make different combinations of your name and their name.  Remember, your peudonymn cannot be somebody else’s real name, though.  If you write with the name of Meg Cabot (unless that’s really your name), the author of The Princess Diaries could file charges.

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