A while ago, I started blogging “Friday Funnies–Ancient Style” just because I love ancient history as much as I love to laugh and play with words. It also helped that my blog’s emphasis on humor showcased the style of my mid-grade biography, Cleopatra Rules!, since the book featured a voice-with-an-attitude as well as lots of word play and funny references.
But now, with the release of my first YA novel, Cleopatra’s Moon, looming, I worry that I am undermining myself by continuing that light and funny approach in my blog. Here’s why: the voice in the novel is VERY different than the fun-loving voice I used in my mid-grade biographies.
|Did I paint myself into a corner with my blog?|
In fact, the voice in Cleopatra’s Moon is way more serious. It is also darker. And some say, more literary.
As the novel begins to gain momentum before its release in August, I don’t want readers who stumble across my blog (I know, wishful thinking, but still) to think that my novel is as fun and silly as my biographies for younger kids. Because it’s not.
So what’s a writer with two very different “voices” and markets to do? I worry that funny or silly blog posts (my typical M.O.) might undermine the image and style of the soon-to-be-released novel. Not to mention possibly even mislead potential novel readers who might–as a result of the playful tone in this blog–expect a light, comedic novel.
|OMG, they’re using gold foil on the cover!|
I don’t have the money, knowledge or time to create another blog just for the novel, so I was thinking I would just slowly shift the tone of this blog to reflect the more serious voice of Cleopatra’s Moon. Is this a smart thing to do? Does it matter? Does anyone have any other suggestions?
I’d be especially curious to learn how other writers have handled such issues. And, yes, I’m very aware that this is an AWESOME problem to have!
Cleopatra’s Moon, by the way, is edited by Cheryl Klein (http://cherylklein.com) at Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic (www.arthuralevinebooks.com). It is slated for release this August.