It seems that James Chartrand of Men with Pens is not, in fact, a man. He is actually a woman with a pen name. Because… wait for it… being a woman writer was making her no money!
Well, I would just like to say I’m SHOCKED!
In that I would like to think these things never happen but I know they do. Every day. So I’m actually totally not shocked.
I learned of this through MediaBistro, where they actually were shocked that a woman writer would not make as much as a man:
But this is 2009, and men still make more than women—double or triple in James’ case?
There are no words.
Which is weird, because the sentence right before it references George Eliot and “even JK Rowling,” who was encouraged to publish with gender-neutral initials rather than her real name Joanne because apparently boys don’t read books (even fantasy) written by women. But, you know, Harry Potter only came out a decade ago, so that seems a bad example.
At any rate, I’m thinking I’ll change my current pen name into something totally awesome. Suggestions?