It’s hard to believe March is almost over with. There again we’ve been waiting on spring for what feels like years. Maybe winter just likes our presence too much. Who knows. I’m ready for some mild temps at least.
While the weather has been eh, this weekend consisted of fixing edits sent back from editor. It’s always a joy to read back through edited work and see how the story has shaped compared to what it started as. I had not intended for this story to be as short as it is, but I think that shows how the story wrote itself. When you’re writing it, the story goes the direction it wants. That’s the beauty of it.
After I finish up edits tonight, my editor will get them back tomorrow. Then one more round and it’s ready for reader eyes. I can’t wait to get some feedback on this story. I don’t believe I previously released the title. This novel is called “Blood in the Hills”. It’s about a young woman who finds an old journal on her family property. By reading the journal and looking for her missing father she uncovers something horrifying. Her hometown has been hiding a myth for years. When bodies start to pile up, the young woman must choose between saving herself or saving her hometown.
This story is inspired by some of the things I grew up hearing in Southern Indiana. It was fun to be able to take some of the things I have learned over the years and throw them all into one book. That’s kind of why I’m ready to hear some reader comments.
Meanwhile novel #3 is moving right along. I am hoping to have that finished by July. I fully intend to meet that deadline. This book is the sequel to The Devil’s Retreat, it picks up a few days after the ending. It stars a new character Indy Fields. So we will see come July how it has came along.
Busy week to come, but that’s all part of the fun right?
So I’ve been thinking lately. It’s the holidays, it’s cold out and I need a healthy dose of humor.
Therefore, I’m starting up another theme-esque exercise. Except it’s entirely different. Though I will get back to theme. Eventually.
This new post happiness comes with a disclaimer. Nobody panic.
DISCLAIMER: This is not an exercise that involves me running around town in a Disney Costume, singing at the top of my lungs. That would be well, a bit excessive.
If you were looking forward to that possibility, I have just crushed your dreams. But you’re still going to get some humor!
What I am going to do is document my day to day life. I’m entirely sarcastic but it’s okay.
Anyway I will be throwing my “life stories” at ya’ll (me mocking my twang that lately people have told me is there).
Stop what you’re doing with your story.
Insert your own name in replace of the main character’s.
Does the story still convey the message you want it to?
“I found it,” Sara whispered.
“Found it?” Jack asked.
“The key,” Sara pressed forward. ” To my heart.”
Jack looked at her with curiosity.
“And I’m giving it to you.”
Jack’s face said everything, needed to be known.
Once Ago someone saw,
An eager soul stretching for a lick of freedom.
I see them now.
They have no obligations.
They feel no pain.
They know the reaction.
In truth they see by more.
To them reality is a sore.
Picking and Picking,
Blood falling down trickle,
Never doing what must be done.
They saw it all by the pop of dusk,
The light goes away,
And in the dark,
The truth is far more fearsome.
Crowded with monsters,
Skimming their teeth over our flesh,
Out of darkness,
We can return our sense of humanity.
Find again our purpose,
Many ago we lost.
Find a way,
Someone hasn’t seen.
The name of one of the panels I spoke on over the weekend seems fitting for discussion.
Who am I? What is my brand? What thing do I identify myself with? How do you build an author brand? Do you even know what you are doing?
The answer is simple: I have no idea.
Logically I am learning as I go.
It may seem amateurish to admit that my mind is blown by marketing and all this technological use that comes with being an author and building an author brand. Really that does not bother me. I’ve always been a little strange and I’ve been able to incorporate that into my brand building.
What’s the use of building around yourself when you’re not really being yourself? The answer to that is, it’s completely useless. Being fake, is just an asshole ploy to try to teach people you’re this perfect little ball of writerly perfection. I tried that, made a fool of myself and have shucked out the parachute to land on Plan B. Take my advice, actually build a brand around yourself, the real you. The world needs more creatives, not more fakers.
If you’ve got a weird quirk, go with it. WE ALL HAVE THEM. I have more than I care to list, but that’s besides the point. Getting back on point, building a brand.
Okay, I have no idea what I’m doing but it’s working out for me so. Honestly I think that is the reality of building your own brand. None of us know what we are doing. Most of us if not all of us started from scratch, had to get our names out there, go to events, do things we maybe didn’t want to do. Even though that may be true, we all have different paths. Individually we have to find what works for us.
So when building the brand of you:
- Be Yourself
- Accept the fact that you are learning as you go
- Be open to meeting new people
- Find something to identify with, to build you brand around, to make yourself noticeable (maybe a certain hairstyle, costume/outfit, a persona, or an object/ thing, characterization) For example: I write about monsters, so everyone thinks of me as monster girl. The girl who writes about monsters.
- Market till the site of ads will make you want to throw a book at someone ( pun intended)
- Be Yourself
- Be Yourself
- Be Yourself
- Do your conscience a favor and stop listening to everyone’s advice
A blunt writer named Monster Girl
I’ve been MIA for a while. I took a sort of writer vacation by attending Imaginarium this past weekend.
Imaginarium is the largest creative writing convention in the Midwest. There were over 150 authors in attendance.
I had wonderful time, met a lot of different people. There was a film festival and a boat load of panels to attend. I had the privilege of speaking at 3 different panels: Building the Brand of You, Keeping Beloved Monsters Engaging, and Alternative History: Crafting the Art of What If.
The experience definitely taught me to keep an open mind with my writing and never shut any doors to opportunities.
I would highly recommend attending. If you would like to view any photos from the event you can view them on my Facebook page at “Author Brooke Myers”.
Now it’s time to get back to writing discussion.