Hey there Miss Snark, I have a question for you today.
I have just finished writing my first ever novel, and have been doing research on this getting-published business before I go out and try to get this novel out there, and end up getting scammed. However, now I feel like I've reached a dead end. You see, my book is a very controversial one and it also a very personal one. For these reasons, I want to publish my under a pseudonym, and be able to keep my real identity completely secret. I know that this (writing under a pseudonym) can obviously be done, but my problem is that I'm unsure of how secret my real name can actually remain. Lately, I've been researching this matter, and it seems like if an author has a pseudonym, it'll take no time for the world to find out the truth. Basically, I want to know if writing under a secret name is something that can actually be kept a good secret. I want to know how much agents and publishers respect an author's wishes to remain anonymous.
Also, I wish to know if agents get more "turned off" by writers who choose to write under false names. I know that since I want to keep my identity a secret, I would never do things like book signings or personal interviews or none of that stuff, making it a lot harder to publicize my book. So basically; would my using a pseudonym make it even harder for me to get an agent?
First, if you s tell me you aren't available for any kind of promotion, we're done. "I did my part, you do the rest" isn't a practical business strategy in any field except sperm banks.
Second, if you won't tell me who you are, I can't vet any of this "controversial book" and if you think I'm going to fall into the trap of "didn't ask, not my fault" you are nuts.
Third, I'm disinclined to believe anything is both personal and controversial. Generally that's a sign of delusion. I prefer to buy my delusions in the swimming costume department of Bloomingadales.