I have figured out the key to selling books! If you recall last month's IWSG post was a bit of a lament. Well, I kid you not, as soon as I posted that, I got a sale. Then the rest of the month I got more sales. So, fellow authors, if you want to sell books it's real easy: Just bitch about it a bit during IWSG.
On a more serious note...
I've been toying with the idea of dropping Patricia Lynne and focusing more on Patricia Josephine. There's a few reasons for this. The big one is the books under Patricia Josephine are selling much better than my YA. They're also easier to sell because I have Michael as the loss leader in a series. All my YA are stand alone novels and not really in the same genre.
Another reason, which was brought up in #BookMarketingChat on Twitter is people often spell my name as Lynn and not Lynne. I am constantly having to contact people who are hosting me and telling them to ad the E on the end. Are people looking for me and not finding me because I spell it differently than the vast majority of people?
The last reason is when it comes to ideas, I come up with urban fantasy stories more than anything. I also feel like I've fallen out of love with young adult. Maybe it's my age or maybe the genre just burned me out with the tropes they get stuck on when one story hits big and the rest of the publishers try to recreate that success.
If I do that, then there's a whole lot of things I need to change. Social media, my banners, my tag line, I'll need a website and blog, my newsletter, email. Some of it is easy enough, but I also just printed out a bunch of business cards and post cards with that info on it. Plus, all that info is out there on various blogs who hosted me for a number of reasons. Will Twitter redirect to my profile if I change plynne_writes to patricia_josephine? I don't know. It may just be a better idea for me to create new profiles and leave all my Patricia Lynne stuff up for a while.
It's something I need to think about and get opinions on. Have you ever dropped a pen name and focused on another? Should I just stick with what I have or would switched be a better option? Give me your thoughts!!!!