Dear Miss Snark,
Your archives are like a box of Godiva chocolates someone gives you for Christmas; you are torn between gorging yourself and gobbling them down in one sitting or pacing yourself so the pleasure lasts for as long as possible. Sadly, I'm almost through reading the archives and I'm at a loss what I'll do with myself after that. Your blog is so darned addictive!
But enough of wallowing in my own self-pity. My question relates to pennames. All of us, I am sure, can think of myriad reasons to use them: avoiding detection by Jihadist death squads, irate mother-in-laws and deviants.
My confusion arises from a thriller I am currently reading. The name after the copyright (which I assume is the author's real name) is different from her penname. Seems to me if the "copyright" name is the real one, she hasn't accomplished much in terms of anonymity. Am I missing something?
Most people don't take pen names for anonymity. They do it for marketing reasons. You can register a copyright to something other than your own name if you want. Take a look at who owns the copyright to Michael Connelly's books. You can also register a corporation that can own copyright as well if you are determined to hide. That has tax implications; don't try this without good accounting advice.