So a question about pen names. I self-pub explicit BDSM short stories. All the stories I have out there are erotic romance, most are dominant male.
I've also got some femdom stories that I've been sitting on (heh, heh). They're not super brutal, but ok, they made my (hetero male) beta uncomfortable...but he likes stories with submissive women, so that's not surprising.
If I publish the femdom stories under my main pen name, will I turn off my auto-buy readers? Or lose new readers who come across those stories first and assume that's what I write? The femdom stories are also shorter (4k versus 8k+), so I'll probably sell them at .99 instead of 2.99, especially if I use the same name, but wouldn't the lower price kinda push people toward looking at those stories first?
Erotica is a numbers game, so spreading the stories over multiple names might cripple sales if I don't publish frequently for each. What to do?
Bonus question: If I should use another name, what's the reasoning? Sub-genre? The length? Keeping things easy for readers? Retaining the 2.99 price point?
Google turned up a top erotica writer saying she wishes she hadn't used multiple pen names when she started out. A second search found an equally respected writer saying she regrets NOT using multiple names. Gah!