Friday, July 12, 2013

Are Pen Names Dishonest?

After much debate I have decided to create a new pen name. Allow me to introduce Gene Wilikers:

You see I had a problem: my work was too diverse. People would contact me and say that they liked the monster stories, but didn't get the stuff with pandas while other people liked the goofy bat and thought the monster stuff was too scary. 

Since the beginning, my work has been along two separate lines. There are the cartoony picture books like "Obvious Fish" which contain limited text and full page pictures. 

And then there are the more realistically drawn books with more mature subject matter and lots of text  like "My Pet Raptor."

I don't think one is better than the other but I can understand why people would get confused if they purchase a picture book and end up getting 3,500 words. I want people to know what they are getting when they pick up one of my books. 

So from now on Gene Wilikers will be credited as the author for all of my primary school content. A. J. will still be the illustrator for all of my work and I'll still keep track of them both pen names on this website. 

I hope this isn't too bizarre or commercial and I invite anyone reading this to please comment here or on my facebook page about the pen name and what you think. Is it too much? Too business like? Is it unnecessary  I'd love to hear from you!

PS- Dirty Dishes will be out Saturday, July 13th!

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