Word of the day: Pseudonymous

I came across “Pseudonymous” in a listing on Publisher’s Marketplace this morning. So I looked it up.

It means, “writing under a false name”.

At first I thought, well, duh. All the cool kids are doin’ it. No biggie. But then I looked further. According to Wikipedia, we pseudonymous authors are in interesting company:

Pseudonyms are most usually adopted to hide an individual’s real identity, as with writers’ pen names, graffiti artists’ tags, resistance fighters’ or terrorists’ noms de guerre, and computer hackershandles.

In some cases, pseudonyms are adopted because they are part of a cultural or organizational tradition: for example devotional names used by members of some religious institutes, and “cadre names” used by Communist party leaders such as Trotsky and Lenin.

A collective name or collective pseudonym is one shared by two or more persons, for example the co-authors of a work, such as Ellery Queen, or Bourbaki.

And then I had to go look up “Bourbaki”. You can, too.  ;-D

 

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About Gina X. Grant

Gina X. Grant writes ingenious plotlines with twists, turns and sometimes magic. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents the Hunger Games series. Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER trilogy is available from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. She lives in Toronto, Canada, just blocks from the house she grew up in. She’s married to a friendly curmudgeon from a mining town in Northern Ontario. They have one rescued hound, Storm, named for Gina’s other pen name. Storm Grant—the writer, not the hound dog—writes engaging action adventure with two heroes. Since 2007, she has published with a variety of e-publishers and more recently, self-publishes. Gina’s and Storm’s books are available at all your favorite etailers, such as Amazon, Kobo and iTunes. Visit ginaXgrant.com or stormgrant.com to find out more.

Posted on October 16, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Huh. That is some interesting company. Cadre names has a cool ring to it. Grantites? Ginafans? Yeah, cool.

  2. Xers! ;-D
    Thanks for commenting.

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