I need your advice. I will soon publish a YA action adventure ebook and I’d like everyone’s opinion on whether or not I should use a different pen name.
My YA book is for anyone 12+ years of age. Very kid friendly, no swearing or suggestiveness, etc.
My Derek J Canyon cyberpunk books have excessive violence (but no gore), suggestive scenes (but no explicit sex), cursing, adult themes, and a high body count. The protagonist is an anti-hero and a criminal, and most everyone in the stories are criminal scumbags.
If I used the same pen name, fans of the YA book would probably also buy the cyberpunk books. I don’t think that parents would appreciate their child reading my YA book and then reading my cyberpunk books, which are not aimed at kids.
On the other hand, I will lose cross-sales if I use different pen names. I can point my cyberpunk fans to my YA books. However, I won’t publicize that my YA author is also the author of the cyberpunk books. So, I might lose some sales.
Then, there are the logistics of 2 pen names. I’ll have to create double Facebook, Twitter, websites, etc.
So, do you think two pen names is a problem?
Has anyone else used two or more pen names?
Has anyone else used one name for two incompatible genres?
(If you want to review my YA book, you can read the first three chapters here.)