While I'm waiting for a thunderstorm to move past so I can go back to revising on my PC (since I thoughtlessly forgot to download the current version to my laptop) I'll muse on Jan's question about "creating worlds."
This was in reference to marketing ourselves, not necessarily the worlds we create as I've done with the Mystic Isle series. The marketing expert said to develop an author's name, they need to invite the reader into the worlds the author has created, presumably on their website and Myspace page and blog and so forth.
I don't visit many websites, but I understand authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon and Yasmine Galenorn have set up their various internet interfaces in a manner that directly reflects the kind of books they write. They have music and videos and maybe vampire or witch recipes, for all I know, to broaden the world of their books. I assume Debbie Macomber has hints on knitting and maybe photos of the village she writes about.
And of course, to do this, the author has to stick to writing those kind of books. Commitment to consistency is more of his advice. I have a real problem with this. I LIKE writing both contemporaries and historicals, and I love adding paranormal elements when I can. So I guess my "signature" as an author is rural worlds and slightly offbeat characters. Heck if I know how to duplicate that on my website. Pictures of space aliens? The best I can do is my "voice" on my blogs and a wholesome background that indicates I don't write erotica. Guess middle of the road is hard to sell! Anyone else have any suggestions?
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