Writing under a pseudonym is weird. It’s also fun, and I’ll get to that in a minute. But let’s focus on the weird for a moment. It’s weird in big ways — I’m promoting myself, but it’s not me. I’m expecting that at some point I’ll be as well-known (if not more so) as a different person as I am by my own name. And it’s weird in small ways: Just the other day, as I was preparing to send out ARCs of Thieftaker to some readers, I realized that I wanted to send them with signatures and inscriptions. So I had to practice my D.B. Jackson signature. That’s just weird.
The fun part? Well, I’m writing new stuff, experimenting in ways that I never thought I would. I think in part that’s a function of the ‘nym giving me a sense of liberation, of license to try new stuff. And I’ve got this new blog, the D.B. Jackson web site, the DBJ Facebook and Twitter accounts — that’s all shiny and new and exciting.
But yesterday I took the next step. I am going to be attending Dragon*Con as D.B. Jackson. And just D.B. Jackson. This is a first for me. I’ll be listed in the program and on the D*Con website under the pseudonym, and that’s all. My badge will say D.B. Jackson. The reason is, by the time Dragon*Con rolls around (it starts August 31 and runs through the first weekend in September) Thieftaker will be out and I will have had two more Thieftaker-universe stories published. So it makes sense that I should be promoting my most recent and most visible work. It’s just weird.
My future begins today…