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My pen name is changing from L. M. May to Lynn Kilmore

Parallels 2nd edition by Lynn Kilmore book coverBack in 2007,¬† I picked out a pen name for my short stories and novels that I was going to submit to editors. I chose “L. M. May.”

I picked “L. M. May” at a time in my life when I had a lousy understanding of the publishing industry, and absolutely no understanding at all of my personality as a writer … and then I got published in a magazine under that name, and I felt I was permanently stuck with it.

Turns out I was wrong.

I just finished up two online classes through Skillshare with Seth Godin, and taking those classes of his challenged my all assumptions of what was possible. Also, a friend pointed out to me Dean Koontz’s blog post about killing off his pen name Owen West. Another friend pointed out that Katy Hudson changed her stage name to Katy Perry.

I finally realized that it wasn’t too late to change my pen name. I just had to be willing to go through the difficulties of doing so.

So I’m going ahead and changing¬† it to “Lynn Kilmore.” The behind-the-scenes aspects of changing the name will take years and years of work. The public work has the highest priority, so that stuff will change as quickly as possible.

There will be publishing headaches involved with the move of my ebooks and print editions to the new pen name. Everything published under “L. M. May” is going to be reissued in second editions under “Lynn Kilmore” over the next eight months.

However, one short story, Writer’s Flight, is being taken off sale permanently, instead of being revised, because it is included in the e-book of Parallels.

Unfortunately, the name change does mean two challenges going forward:

1) Links are going to break as the second editions come out. There will be temporary confusion as e-books are transitioned to the new name.

2) There have been delays in the print editions of two books, and the sequel to Cubicles is going to run late due to the changes being made in my name. However, all three books should be out in print before 2014 ends, and I’ll post when pre-orders become possible.

But once the main part of the transition is over, there’ll be some really fun stuff happening. I learned a huge amount in Seth Godin’s classes, and there’s been a lot of writing I’ve been holding back from being published as my unhappiness with my pen name grew worse.

I honestly feel as if I’ve been let out of a cage. You have no idea how standoffish and stifling I’ve found it these past seven years to be called “L.M.” instead of a read first name like “Lynn.”

Cheers, Lynn

For Reference. All E-Books published under “L. M. May”…

2 Novels: Soul Cages; Cubicles, Blood, and Magic.

1 Collection: Tales from the Threshold.

3 Novelettes: The Enchantment of Coyotes; Green Grow the Rushes; Shade Town.

5 Short Stories: Parallels; Writer’s Flight (will not be reissued under new name); Just One Date; King of All He Surveyed; A Maze of Cubicles.

All but Writer’s Flight will be transitioned to the new pen name.

Rajah, My Cat Supervisor

Picture of Rajah the catThis is Rajah. He was given that name by his previous owner, and it suits him very, very well.

Rajah decided that he wanted to live with us about 18 months ago, and made it clear that he was going to move in with us and KC, our dog, whether we wanted him to or not.

He ran off from his owner three times (crossing roads with 6 lanes of traffic to reach our neighborhood) and after the third time we all finally gave in and let him have his way. He moved in, and has fun bossing KC the dog around, and putting his tail on my writing keyboard so that I can’t type.

He gets fussy if I don’t go in the home office at least for an hour or two each day, so I consider him my Cat Supervisor. KC is my Dog Supervisor, but she’s much more lenient about my work schedule.

The cherry blossoms have begun to bloom. I’ll see about posting a picture next week. Rajah loves jumping in the windows stare at the robins in the cherry tree. There will also be more about Rajah and KC in the following weeks.

May you all find joy in something you do this week.

Cheers, LM

Dogs and Whatnot

Picture of a dogThis week I am really enjoying rereading Shakespeare’s Richard III, but trying to do Twitter or Facebook about it is like squeezing through a mouse hole. Too small for too much to say. So instead I thought I’d write about the wonderful dog in the photo to the left that keeps me company while I edit the sequel to Cubicles, Blood, and Magic. Unfortunately the flash on the camera went off when the picture was taken, so KC looks like she had laser eyes.

The internet can never have too many dog or cat pictures, so today’s photo upload is my contribution to our pet overlords’ dominion over the mental thoughts of humans. (Joking, of course … though can you be sure? *grin*)

Next week I’ll introduce you to my feline supervisor.

Have a fun week! LM

Shakespeare’s King Richard III on FB and Twitter

I find using Facebook and Twitter stressful, so to make it more fun for myself, I’m going to start reading Shakespeare’s Richard III so that I actually look forward to using them on Mondays instead of dreading it. Feel free to wander over if you’re so inclined. There are links on my website to both sites. Twitter handle is LMMay_author.

Enjoy the week, LM

Soul Cages at 99 cents for 3 days

As part of Read an Ebook Week, Soul Cages is now temporarily at $ 0.99 from March 6 to 8 on Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

Cheers, LM