A recent post about using pen names struck a cord with me.
I have two very near complete mss. One is Sci-fi time travel (97k), the other is Other world adventure (85k).
The third ms I have outlined is a 1920's nautical adventure with no Sci-fi elements ( It could be set in another world easily). And I have a completely written, rough draft non-fiction ms about packing up a family, moving to Europe, and renovating a old stone house(75k.) (It would be under my name and my wife's name.)
Would it be wise to shop the last two under a pen name?
I know I'm putting the cart before the horse, but I'm trying to work to my strengths. (Especially as I have no cart or horse at this point.)
I love writing and will continue writing Sci-fi. But the other two projects. I felt had to be written.
You're going to shop ONE ms at a time.
You're going to shop it under ONE name. If it's a pen name, so be it.
Once you secure representation, you'll discuss pen names for work in other categories with your agent. You will adhere to his/her advice.
You're harnessing a cart to a horse you don't have right now, as you wisely point out.
You're doing this instead of writing.
You're doing this because it's easier to fret about a problem you don't have than it is to fix that stupid plot point on page 269. Back to work bucko. That horse is getting impatient.