So my agent has my YA urban fantasy right now. And we're all thinking REALLY GOOD THOUGHTS about this, right? Right. So, let's say that my agent says that yes, FINALLY, I told this particular story right (after, cough, 17 years) and he's going to put it on submission.
Everyone thinking that happy thought? Cool. (I love you people.)
Here's my question: What should be the byline?
I'm effectively branding "Jackie Kessler" as a paranormal romance author. Sure, cross on over to urban fantasy -- but adult urban fantasy. While I'm sure that some teens will read Hell's Belles, let's face it: that story ain't intended for a teen audience. Thus, I'm thinking that for my YA stuff, I need a different byline -- in other words, a pseudonym.
Should I go with my maiden name, which would then make it: Jackie Morse?
Or maiden name, with spiffy initials: J.H. Morse?
Or something completely different?
Or should I keep the byline as "Jackie Kessler"?
(If it matters, the YA urban fantasy is written in close third person, with multiple POVs. There are two protagonists, both high school juniors -- one guy and one gal.)
(Meanwhile, yes, that is the SCHMOOZING THE ALMIGHTY bar slowly creeping up. Thank you for noticing! Two WIPs at once, woot! And let's not forget Cat and Muse and Magical Minxes. Sleep? Who needs sleep?)