|Why slap on a sticker "revealing" the author's real name? Desperation to sell?|
- Mary Ann Evans - George Eliot
- Charlotte Brontë - Currer Bell
- Emily Brontë - Ellis Bell
- Anne Brontë - Acton Bell
- Nora Roberts - J.D. Robb
- J.K. Rowling - Robert Galbraith
- Stephen King - Richard Bachman
- Joyce Carol Oates - Rosamond Smith, Lauren Kelly
- Ruth Rendell - Barbara Vine
- Christina Lynch & Meg Howrey - Magnus Flyte
- Frederic Dannay & Manfred B. Lee - Ellery Queen
- Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, & Victoria Holmes - Erin Hunter
But what I still don't understand is why a publisher and author decide to start overlaying the author's real name on a book published in a pen name? I mean, what's the point of using a pen name if later it's all "revealed" just to sell more books?
The photo up above (that I snapped at Barnes & Noble this morning) is what got me wondering. King did it the same way with the Bachman books that Rowling and her people are doing here. What the heck is that all about? Surely, neither King nor Rowling needed the money that bad.