ext_73077 ([identity profile] hrj.livejournal.com) wrote in [personal profile] julesjones 2016-12-24 11:41 pm (UTC)

I'm curious about your experiences with sub-branding your writing career in this way. I can understand, in theory, why people do it. But how does it work out in practice?

I have a few historic romance stories that I imagine would be a trifle more explicit than the Alpennia series and have meditated on whether the tone would be different enough that it would make sense to use a different name, but I keep coming back to the problem that it's hard enough to get *any* sort of name recognition for indie/small press work. Why would I want to throw away the tiny bit of recognition I've managed to scrape together?

Part of my reaction has to do with my own feelings of invisibility combined with the problem that so much of my writing is so intersectional I wouldn't know where to start drawing lines. (For example, the next Alpennia novel is going to have a YA slant. So it would never make sense to try to do an adult/YA identity split. But then how would that interact with writing other historic-based material that might want some separate from a YA audience, but where I'd want the synergy from the rest of the Alpennia books?

So it would be useful to have some data from the practical/sales side of the equation to integrate with the emotional/thematic issues.

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