28 Jun 09
08 Jul 11 6:59 am
Generally, I would use a pen name. The one exception to this is if I happen to be targeting a market that I might have contacts that already know my "real" name. For example, because I have taken part in a writing event called NaNoWriMo for the last 6 years, and my name might be recognized from that, if I were building a website to target authors, I would use my name, making sure that my username from that "market" is prevalent, since I use both (and my username there is basically my name anyway).
But, if I were getting into a market, like say singing, where my name isn't as known already, I'd use a pen name.
(And I only have about 2 or 3 markets where I"m using, or plan to use, my real name.)