Pen names are great but do you need one?
I understand the purpose of pen names. Some use them for separation. (Clears throat.) Some use them for privacy. But when do you know you need one?
The gap from children’s books to adult books is a good example. (Whistles innocently.) But what about closer gaps?
Like the gap from sweet romance to smutty romance? Should you use a pen name then?
(If you do or don’t I would love to hear from you.)
I can see the downside of starting over if you’re a well established persona. It takes time to build up a following. It takes effort to open social media accounts and keep up with them. I also understand that if a reader of sweet romance picks up a piece of pure smut expecting sweet your in trouble. And vise versa with smut readers being let down by a sweet romance. I love both but expectations can make or break you.
The upside is as an author you have two separate sets of readers. Two voices to express yourself. That can be huge for you as an author.
I know there’s no set guidelines for this type of things and from my poll on twitter it seems most of you are as divided about this as I am. I go back and forth on it.
I would love to hear your thoughts.