I'm querying agents for a paranormal thriller somewhat along the lines of Kelley Armstrong or Kim Harrison. I am male, and all the popular romantic paranormals are by women authors (allegedly). Should I use my initials in my query rather than my name, or just state that I'm willing to use a female pseudonym? Or give all the agents credit for being unbiased against a man in a woman's otherworld?
And if I use a pseudonym, will that cripple promotional activities like booksignings?
Romantic paranormal does not equal paranormal thriller and if you think they do you've got a bigger problem than your name bub.
Since you're obsessing about your name I'm going to guess you mean romantic paranormal since "eeek, I'm a man" is more common among romantic obsessives than thriller obsessives.
Anyway. Quit obsessing.
Write well enough to get asked to the prom before you start obsessing about whether the dress makes you look like an East German shotputter.
If you truly think some agent will ditch you cause you're anatomically incorrect, use your initials. It's not like we're not gonna find out soon enough.
And no, touring under the "wrong" name won't hurt at all.