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How should I market my "platform" with a pseudonym?

Hi there, I am new to this forum. I'm excited to be able to tap into the knowledge and experience of all of the members.

I've been working slowly to build my "platform" (website, twitter account, Facebook author page) as a fantasy writer under my name, though not much is out there yet. However, more recently, I have been working full steam on a YA historical fiction, which I believe I'll need to write under a pseudonym, primarily because it's focused on the opposite gender. I'll need to build a platform for this, but didn't want to waste all the groundwork I've done and continue to do on the fantasy side. Any suggestions on how to approach this?

I've toyed with the idea of making my pseudonym a collaboration, so that I keep my name on both types of works. Any thoughts on that?

Any input you guys have would be much appreciated!

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Hi Darius,

Not sure if you've solved this by now. But in case you're still wondering, I thought I'd just post my penny thought.

I write my tot - teen stuff under my own name, Anita M Shaw and my sweet contemporary romances under a pen name that is derived from one of my nicknames along with my mother's maiden name and mine which I hyphenated. Neenah Davis-Wilson. Since these genres are poles apart, I thought it was probably a good idea to go this route. When I write something with another author, I use Anita M Wilson or just Anita Wilson.

I thought of using Neta Marie for my picture books for tots, but in the end decided to keep with the Anita M Shaw author name for those as well, which saves me from having to do up a new website and all that jazz.

I myself, wouldn't care what gender the author was for a book like yours as long as the characters were portrayed well. But others might feel a book about a girl should be written by a woman, and a man should write from a boy's POV. I just can't always agree with that.

My first middle grade novel is written first person from a fifth-grade boy's point of view. He has a twin sister. I plan this to be a series, so it's possible that she will be the voice for the next one. I'm comfortable writing in Jeoffrey's voice, so we'll see. I had four sons, so maybe that's why! Really, I suppose it will depend on what the next book will be about. I have a few ideas, but haven't quite decided which one should follow this one.

Hope this helps you, or someone, a little!


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