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Writer Cy: Why the male pseudonym?

Why would a woman in this day and age choose a pseudonym, especially a male-sounding (or anonymous) one? Why is J.K. Rowling “J.K.” instead of “Joanne”? Because books by men sell better. In fact, she had to borrow the “K.” to be “J.K.” because her publisher demanded it. Everyone knows that boys (her target audience) won’t buy books by a woman, right? Yes, indeed, we’ve come a long way. And yet in some ways … not.


Cy Wyss

I am an author currently residing in the Indianapolis area. I write and review mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction. Sign up for my newsletter at right and get a free short story.

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