I have been thinking a lot recently about how difficult it may be to publish (sell) books in different age groups, by the same author.
For example, I have already started writing an adult paranormal romance trilogy. I have finished the first book (im just editing it again) and started the second book. Then I also have a 5 book YA series I want to write, though I have only barely started. And I have a childrens books series that I have started.
I understand the difficulties have writing books in different genres, because then you have to build an audience in each genre, but doing YA and adult books, if they are both paranormal romance, shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
I asked a literary agent, (Natalie from Adventures in Agentland) and this is her take:
Many authors do write in multiple genres and age groups; HOWEVER, it is usually important to establish a pen name for each age group (even genre) a writer writes under, AND brand that pen name. Meaning, if an author wants to branch out s/he will need to continue to write in each age group. The following from one doesn’t transfer to another, so it’s basically starting over when an author branches out. If your goal is to query all at once and see what sticks…while that can work sometimes, it can also land you with an agent who doesn’t represent what you ultimately want to settle into, so I would suggest finding what you are most passionate about and focusing on it. Down the line, say, three or five books in, if you want to branch out, that’s the time to consider it.
So… should I create a Pen name?
Wait until I publish one of my series, and then hope that I can publish the next series later? We will see…
Good luck to everyone out there that is having this same issue I am!