This summer my book is coming out. Wardroids by J M Filipowicz. I decided to go by my initials for a couple reasons, not the least of which is that when writing genre fiction being female is not necessarily an advantage. Not that I plan to hide my identity (in fact, a photo of me will be included with my bio on my publisher's website). But how much of myself should I show to the world?
My husband recently redesigned my mom's professional site. Her blog appears on the front page. "I need a site like that to promote my book!" said I. My initial thought was to transfer this blog to my new domain, but no, this will not do. J M Filipowicz is a serious professional. Super Happy Jen's Super Happy Blog has too much stuff about my kids and not enough writing-related wisdom.
The logical thing to do would be to keep two blogs. This one, for personal stuff, and a professional one for writer stuff. But the line between Super Happy Jen and J M Filipowicz is not so clear cut.
If I am researching for my book about lizard-like aliens and I discover an interesting fact about how turtles mate, is that worthy of a professional entry? Or is the type of silliness that should be branded Super Happy?
If I take part in an improv show, is that personal? Or should I promote it on my professional site?
Should I mention my art on my professional site? Am I completely barred from mentioning my children? Should I keep my opinions to my personal blog, or will that leave my professional blog wanting substance?
And seeing as I can barely keep this blog up to date, how will I be able to maintain two blogs, and two distinct personas?
I've been Super Happy Jen since 2004. J M Filipowicz is brand new.
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