Branding is something I've been advised that authors need to have, but have always struggled with mine. After the recent #K8Chat about branding with Ali Cross, I thought it was time to figure it out. FYI: This post is going to require reader participation. =D
So the big questions are:
How would I define myself? What sets me apart from other writers? What theme connects my stories? Hmm. Might be easier to tackle these questions one by one.
What sets me apart from other writers? A lot of YA books are about girl meets boy and I like the romance to take a back seat in my stories. I also like writing from the male POV.
What theme connects my stories? Give me a second to think. This one is tricky. Guess I should break this down story by story too.
- Being Human has Tommy struggling to understand what it means to be human.
- Snapshots is about Cyc's fight to be his own person.
- Out of Secrets JJ wants to come out and be accepted.
- Path of Angels is about Michael and his brothers searching for their path.
Other stories have my main character struggling to figure out who they are. Some characters are straight, others bisexual or gay. All tend to be a paranormal or fantasy being.
So I like writing about characters of varying orientation, all with some kind of ability, who want to find their place in the world. Now, how do I turn all that into a brand that says Me? Ideas, anyone? How would you answer my questions? Any three words that you'd use to describe me? (This is where your participation comes in, remember?)