Publishing a Book - Pen Name or Real Name?
Hello fellow monkeys,
Wanted to start a separate account to talk about writing in finance. I've got another one on WSO with a couple of thousand bananas but wanted the extra layer of anonymity here.
Here's my dilemma. So, I'm getting close to publishing a fiction book about IB. Should I publish it anonymously with a pen name or use my real name? Let me know your thoughts.
Here is my pros and cons list so that you can better understand my struggle:
Pros - Using a Real Name
Get to use my actual bio to accompany the book. People always want to know the author's background. I think this is particularly important for business fiction. Wouldhave done as well if Liar's Poker was written by an anonymous person at Solomon Brothers? If you're anonymous, whatever you say has a little less credibility and in this niche of fiction, it's particularly important.
If I really want to push the book, it's much easier to do it with a real name. Everything from media to publicity is easier if you're not hiding behind a pen name, especially with the internet and social media these days.
Have to admit that part of it is ego. Would you write a book which took hundreds of hours to complete if only a handful of people knew who you were? Up to this point, a small handful of friends and family know about the book and no one else. In fact, only one friend in the industry knows.
Cons - Using a Real Name
The book is fiction, but at the end of the day, it doesn't paint the industry in the best light. Not sure if that's the ideal thing to have floating around the internet in terms of future employment. Note that I'm pretty far along in my career, but am no MD either. So, maybe this is not as much a risk as it would be for someone in early career, but it's still there.
Again, the book is fiction, but like any book, the author draws inspiration from their own life. Not sure how I would feel about some former colleagues reading the book....even though it's fiction.
Risk / return does not seem great. Honestly, I like working in the industry and don't plan on quitting anytime soon. I don't dream of becoming a writer. This is just a fun hobby for me. So, in some ways, I don't know if I really want to put my name out there and possibly do damage to my career if this is just a fun side project.
Monkeys...would really appreciate the help. I've been wrestling back and forth with this question for a full year and am still no closer to an answer. Give me your thoughts...