We discussed here a few weeks ago why it is sometimes a good idea to use a pen name.
Here are some more good reasons.
I knew you’d think I was making these up so here they are, complete with Amazon links, the 19 funniest names for writers in the history of the world.
19. FILIBERTO VAGINA d’EMARESE
Being born in the 19th century is no excuse. Books live forever. Even one with a title as gripping as Dei primi elementi dell’economia politica secondo i progressi della scienza libri quattro … con aggiunta d’una memoria sui vantaggi resultanti dalla coltura dei publici pascol.
18. BANANA YOSHIMOTO
She has, of course, written a whole bunch of books.
It’s a pen name. Is it silly or a work of marketing genius? You decide.
17. RENE-JEAN PALAPRAT de BIGOT
Wonderful name. But where would he get filed in the Dewey system?
16. MODY COGGIN BOATRIGHT
Brilliant work by the parents in this case. Not a big fan of the covers though.
15. JOHN HARDON
This is kind of obvious. I’m absolutely sure it’s his real name and I mean no disrespect.
But John, are you sure – I mean, the clergy already have an image problem – that you wouldn’t prefer to use a pseudonym?
14. ARSEN DIKLIC
This sounds like college humour but its just a case of a name not translating very well into another language.
13. ALEXANDRE FARTO
Same for this one. Alexandre is a very serious artist exploring very serious subjects with a name that may sound elevated in his native Portuguese but is very distracting for English speakers. Did his publishers not realize this and warn him?
12. BRIGITTE FUX
It’s a book about flowers.
11. HENRIETTE HORNY
She sounds like she writes fifty shades of Pythagoras but she actually writes Geometry books.
10. MILDRED MOODY NUTTER
And she has a five star review! Is it for her name or her genealogy?
9. PAMELA BALLS ORGANISTA
I imagine the psychology of some ethnic groups would be sorely tested by having to keep repeating their names over the telephone.
8. MU-CHOU POO
But what would Confucius say?
7. J. J. FOUQUEAU de PUSSY
6. ARNOLDUS SCHYTTE BLIX
I’d be schytting blix too if I was carrying a live polar bear.
5. NEGLEY KING TEETERS
He’s from the last century. Is that any reason to sound like a burlesque act?
4. COLONEL NIT TONGSOPIT
You can imagine how the conversation goes. “Why has our teacher got such a strange name, Negley?” “I don’t know, Arnoldus, do you think it’s because he’s from Thailand?”
3. GERALD BASTARD
It sounds like the cover should have a shirtless guy holding a whip and a busty girl in a torn dress in the background. But I guess it’s hard to justify it with a title like Wave Mechanics Applied to Semiconductor Heterostructures
2. HELEN KNISELY BONK
A lively name for a very dull subject.
And the clear winner is …
1. LUDWIG VON BALDASS
Blatant self promotion.
Why Ludwig’s not a best seller I’ll never know.