I am a man with what most people consider a woman's name. In the future I will submit a novel manuscript in the mystery/thriller/suspense category.
On behalf of all the male Kims, Shirleys and Carols out there, what is your advice on how to deal with possible confusion in the query process?
In the query letter, should I:
1) State my gender?
2) Say that I would be open to using a pseudonym?
3) Suggest a particular pseudonym?
4) Do nothing?
You should change your name to Killer Yapp. Or James Patterson. Both have well established tough guy credentials.
In your query letter sign your name: (Mr) GenderNeutral Name, Last name
You don't need to suggest a pseudonym.
No one is going to reject your work cause they don't like your name.
If the marketing department thinks you need to be renamed Howitzer Crude, they'll let you know. You and Vin Diesel can do joint appearances.