I need a good nom de plume. Something the rolls off the tongue easily. A name that anyone could remember.
See, I’m working on a book aimed at 8-12 year olds. My previous books have been written at the behest of a textbook company. They’re part of a reading curriculum sold only to schools. So even though my name is on the cover, no one will ever notice or care who wrote that fishing book.
The current book is my own project and will someday grace the shelves of Barnes and Noble and other fine booksellers. (I’m thinking positively, ok? Just go with it.) So I’m expecting children to scour the shelves searching for my name, and to type it into search engines to find out what other masterworks I’ve produced.
My own last name, for which I have my husband to thank, is unspellable by any normal human. And judging by the way every telemarketer mangles it, it’s unpronounceable too. There’s also the privacy issue. The last thing I need is to have hordes of pre-teen paparazzi following me around.
I’ve considered using my maiden name (doesn’t that phrase sound quaint, nowadays?), for which I have my father to thank. But even though it is easy to pronounce and to spell (except for a pesky “is it e or is it u” ambiguity), I never much cared for it. Also, it screams “Jewish.” I’m not keen on having any psycho pre-teen Nazis hunting me down, either.
I’ll probably keep my first name, even though many people insist on spelling it with a y instead of an i, but what to put after it?
Much as I like Transvestite Rabbit as a Xanga handle, it doesn’t translate well to Real Life. Jodi Rabbit sounds like a stripper name, though I kind of like Jodi Trabbit. I think I need a two or three syllable last name. Nothing too esoteric but not too common, either. I don’t want anyone googling my pen name and coming up with somebody else’s LinkedIn page or, god forbid, MySpace.