Branding sets companies, organizations, and writers apart from one another. It's meant to be focused and on point. However, like anything where experts offer advice, sometimes contradictory, it can leave one lost, confused, and running around in circles. In this post, I address some issues that might be affecting my brand.
I’m an animal lover who believes in do no harm to my fellow human being or any creature that I come in contact with, but I write stories that contain violence against man and beast. In this world where darkness and light are a part of life, it would be unrealistic and unbelievable if I didn’t. Even with this stance, I still have a moral dilemma that keeps rearing its head.
My titles reflect not only my story, but who I am and what the story means to me. Making money would be nice, but I'm not going to sacrifice the integrity of my words for a buck. I write and say what I mean. Packaging myself, or my works up, in some smelly perfume just to appeal to the masses isn't who I am.
What if we could set the competition aside and use each other's knowledge and experience to create a better place for everyone? Idealistic and naive, maybe. Still it's something we all need to consider, especially in the divisive and uncertain climate we all seem to find ourselves in.
Who we spend time on is as precious the seconds that pass through our hands. Who is more precious than oneself? If we don't invest in our health and well-being the time we invest in other things isn't going to matter. Feeling like we don't have enough time for things is a major cause of stress. Here's a few things I am doing to build my time portfolio.
Someone asked me this question over New Year's dinner, questioning the motivation for doing something that wasn't selling, or making any money. I gave them the simple answers of needing at least two books to start the name-building process and wanting to finish what I started. Here's the more complicated ones.
New Year's is a moment of new beginnings. Sometimes they happen before the stroke of midnight on January 1st. Other times, after. This is the story of one such event that lead to emotional healing and a new attitude toward life and editing.
Losing friends is hard. How they are lost can lessen or increase the accompanying pain and grief. I lost a friend due to betrayal over twenty years ago. In trying to find a new direction for my book marketing, I may have found his apology to me.
Life happens. A quick update of what is going on with the series after almost a month silence. Doesn't meant work has stopped. In fact, there are now two new old books in the WIP progress list. The rest of the books also now have statuses so I know where I'm at with them.