Joan Aiken Nom de Plume Giveaway!

Mon 21 Mar 2011 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | 60 Comments | Posted by: Gavin

Joan Aiken giveawayWe just sent none other than a new collection by the late and much missed Joan Aiken to the printer. What a storyteller! It’s been pure pleasure working on The Monkey’s Wedding and Other Stories. It’s full of spooky, funny, heartbreaking, enchanting, clever, and sometimes wicked stories.  There are 19 stories in all, six of which have never been published(!), and two of which were first published in Argosy Magazine under the pseudonym Nicholas Dee.

Which is where the fun comes in. Tell us either

  1. your favorite pseudonym (and, if you want, why it’s your fave)
  2. your pseudonym (own up!)
  3. or a pseudonym you’d like to use (it can be serious or . . . not so serious!)

On publication day April 19, 2011 we’ll use to pick two winners each of whom will receive not only a copy of The Monkey’s Wedding, but also an original copy of the issue of Argosy containing one of Joan’s pseudonymous stories—as well as any goodies we have lying around the office. And, three more readers (in the US & Canada only, sorry) will receive copies of the book!

Here are the Tables of Contents of Argosy with “Red-Hot Favorite” (this issue also has a story by Isak Dinesen) and “Girl in a Whirl” and above is a pic of the original magazines. (Which make for fascinating reading, btw: from the ads it looks like there were as many people willing to part new writers from their money then as there are now!

And of course you can make sure you get your copy (hardcover or ebook) of The Monkey’s Wedding by ordering it here.

That’s it! Enter as many times as you like. Can’t wait to find out who you all really are!


60 Responses to “Joan Aiken Nom de Plume Giveaway!”

  1. Gavin on March 28th, 2011 8:14 am

    Preserved Whipple and Remember Garlick sound like a 18th century crime/vampire fighting duo!

  2. Caleb Wilson on March 28th, 2011 12:36 pm

    One pseudonym I’ve actually used is “Guy Minor”.

    Another which I haven’t used yet, but might someday, because it’s a nice anagram of my name, is “Isabel Clown”. As is “Ice Snowball”.


  3. Robin Mayhall on April 3rd, 2011 4:44 pm

    My own pseudonym is Aleta Daknis, which roughly translates from Greek as “The Truth Is Out There.” It was first conceived as a nom de plume for an X-Files/Xena: Warrior Princess crossover fanfiction story I wrote for a friend’s Xena website (hence the Greek connection). I used it after that for a few other fanfiction-related pieces, then began to use it seriously when I signed on as interim poetry editor for Abyss & Apex Magazine. I was submitting poetry to other zines under my real name and didn’t want other poet-editors to think I would in any way try to gain favor for my own poems by publishing theirs in A&A.

    Eventually I decided to “come clean” and merge the two personalities. Today, “Aleta” still receives a lot of e-mail, but it’s mostly spam!

  4. riye on April 5th, 2011 8:34 pm

    I use my middle name “riye” as my pseudonym online because I’m paranoid and have high privacy needs.

    I’d use “Eumenides” but it’s too hard to spell and most people don’t know who they are. Plus I’m probably not cool enough.

  5. Alison on April 8th, 2011 1:24 pm

    My favourite pseudonym has always been Currer Bell, because it sounds like a name for the smartest cat in the world.

    I have only ever published under my own real name, but I used to blog as Girl Detective. It was a misnomer, though, as I rarely did any detecting.

    As for a pseudonym I would like to use, perhaps in a nod to my beloved Brontes, I would go by Argyle Bell. Just like the ring of it. (Heh. Sorry.)

  6. Tibs on April 8th, 2011 4:29 pm

    Names I go by.

    Well, half the people I know call me “Tibs”, including all my other half’s family, so perhaps that is not a pseudonym. (It dates from some friends in university giving me a cat tag saying “My name is Tibs” which I rather liked, wore all the time, and thus it goes. This is also why the spelling diverges from my surname.)

    One advantage of living in the UK is that we don’t distinguish “legal” name in the way you seem to in the US – one can use any name one wishes so long as it is not for fraudulent purposes, so there’s no problem in being Tibs for postal deliveries, etc.

    My livejournal tag is much_of_a, because they don’t allow a name as long as much_of_a_muchness. I always said that “Much of a Muchness” was the obvious next name for a Joan Aiken collection, and hence the tag.

    Off to pre-order…

  7. Sofia on April 8th, 2011 10:56 pm

    We really should also mention Isak Dinesen, since she’s got a story in Argosy. She used her maiden name, Dinesen, a connection to her father, to whom she was very attached. The story of Isaac also meant a lot to her. I think she chose the name that she felt expressed the self she wanted to be as a writer. (Yes, a man’s name. Lots of places you could go with that.)

  8. Paige Morgan on April 10th, 2011 10:09 pm

    I’ve always thought that I’d like to use Naomi P. Anger as a pseudonym, since it’s an anagram of my name.

  9. Sarah on April 18th, 2011 6:55 pm

    I’ve always used Nick Carmine as my online pseudonym when I don’t want something to be google-able back to me. It’s one of the aliases used by the main character in the ’90s quasi-Sherlock Holmes comedy Zero Effect.

    I was in high school and had just seen the movie. I was going to use the lead female character’s name to register anonymously for some website, but one of my friends who a)was male, b)was far more familiar with the internet than I was at the time, and c)was trying to make me like the internet too, suggested I go with a boy’s name instead of a girl’s because girls often got hassled in chatrooms and he was afraid if that happened it would turn me off from going ever again.

  10. Francene on April 20th, 2011 1:10 pm

    I love the pseudonyms from early books in the sixteenth thru eighteenth centuries. Some of my favorites include:
    “an Elderly man, a Master of Arts, of above forty years standing.”
    “By a Church of England man; a gentleman born,a merchant”
    “a Plain Man, in a Plain Dress.”
    “a Man Who Never Had a Place.”

    People had fun with their names even then.

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