I’m changing my name. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I’ve written a few different things before I started writing romances. I started with short stories, sold a few short mysteries, then tried my hand at cozies (when no editors wanted them). One of those editors asked me to try urban fantasy–which I did, and I loved. Still do. And then I finally tried romances. And sold them. The thing is, I’ve written for a long time under my own name–Judith Post. But romances are so different from urban fantasy that my agent suggested that I use a pen name to let readers know I wasn’t writing what they expected me to write. And I understood her reasoning.
I didn’t quite think the pen name thing through, though. My webpage, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter are all under my name, Judith Post. Which seemed fine with me, until the awesome publicist at Kensington, who’s trying her darndest to find me an audience, e-mailed me to say that when anyone types Judi Lynn into a search engine, they get nothing that leads them to me. Not a good thing when I’m working so hard to “brand” myself. She suggested that I change my media name to my pen name. At first, it threw me. I mean, I talk about my books and writing on social media. Isn’t that enough? Not really, not after I thought about it. Especially, not when people can’t find me. So, I switched everything I do on the internet to Judi Lynn. I don’t think it’s going to give me a split-personality. I am who I am, for better and (on some days) for worse. The only thing I haven’t changed yet is my webpage. Mostly, because I still like posting free, short urban fantasy stories there between books.
I read that Stephen King writes short stories or novellas when he finishes one novel and before he starts a new one. I like to do the same thing. When I finish a book, I’m not ready to plunge into another one. I need to let my brain fixate on something different with “instant gratification”–because I can finish it faster–before I dedicate myself to 70,000+ words on the next project. It clears the cobwebs of subplots and threads and gives me a quick “fun” write. It’s even better if I can jostle completely out of the usual, and for me, since I’m working on romances, that means pounding out a quick urban fantasy–something outside of my new genre.
And speaking of that, I put a really, really short chapter on my webpage because I’ve missed Enoch from Fallen Angels so much. I’m going to try to post a new chapter once a week until the story’s finished–not sure how long that will take. I know:) I usually plot every story into oblivion, but since this one’s for fun, I have a few plot points and I’m going to wing it. Hope that works:) If you’re feeling adventurous, you might want to check it out. http://www.judithpostswritingmusings.com/
Anyway, I’ll still be here, writing my blog, but it will under Judi Lynn now. And if you ever have questions or topics you’d like to throw my way, let me know.
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