Oh Great Wise Snark:
I have written a scorchingly satirical mainstream novel based on the general insanity of my corporate work environment. (Yes, Houston, we have a plot.) Names, locations, events, etc., have all been changed to protect....well, whatever needs protecting. I've spent a year letting the manuscript cool off, and invested another six months in revising and polishing. I'd really like to begin the query process, but have some nagging fears keeping me awake at night:
1) How "loosely-disguised" can reality be to pass as fiction?
2) If I haven't given away any industry secrets, or otherwise broken my non-disclosure agreement with the company -- can I get fired for writing this?
3) Would this be a case where it would be appropriate to write using a pen name?
I am cringing in dread of painful clue-stick blows, but would prefer death by clue-stick (or Killer Yap) to losing my day job for being a nitwit.
Of course you can be fired for writing this. You can probably be fired for writing anything negative about your company. Companies fire first and deal with wrongful termination suits later. And they have no sense of humor about writers satirizing their company or their products.
If you think a pen name will protect you, you're nuts. You think those guys can't read a copyright registration form?
I have no idea what question number one is asking.