Pseudonyms in a Time of Social Media: It Ain’t the Old Days

In 1987, Joyce Carol Oates was revealed to be Rosamond Smith, the author of Lives of the Twins, a mystery novel slated for publication the same year as You Must Remember This, a “real” Oates novel. Oates was disappointed to have been discovered–“I wanted to

In Praise of the One-Hit Wonders

Today, Nathan Bransford asks on his blog, “You tell me: What is your greatest fear as a writer?” Among the many fears readers name in the comments (success, obscurity, expectations) is this: “That I’ll be a one-hit wonder.” And I wonder, now, “What’s wrong with being a one-hit wonder?” I had a literary agent, once. […]