jacquelineb: (lonely Lawrence)
Branding iron in a coal fire

Branding – a bit extreme for this writer?

Sorry to disappoint any of the folks who are looking at the title and thinking I’m going to be discussing branding as a kink. No, I’m going to be looking at this idea of the author brand.

The idea of having a ‘brand’ is an oft-discussed topic online – particularly in reference to the blogging world, and no where more so these days with more and more writers joining the internet to self-promote, because that’s the way it’s all going these days, isn’t it? The basic idea is that you have something distinct to market your writing, something that you can pinpoint to to find the essential kernel of what makes it your work.

For me, I’ve always been a fraction resistant to this, and a little suspicious. One, marketing still feels a little strange for me (the tension between doing it to reach people and doing it for financial gain bodes uneasily). Two, and perhaps more importantly for me, I really had no clue what my author brand is or feels like. (Note, I think I have a bit more of a clue now.)

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Mirrored from jacquelinebrocker.esquinx.net.

jacquelineb: (stark raving sane!)

I was speaking with a friend last weekend about my blog, and she pointed out that even though I have it set up to cross-post to places like Dreamwidth and Goodreads, it might not be obvious that I have it set up to receive comments from just about anywhere it posts to. So, I thought I might point to the places where I do know I will get notification if someone talks to me.

* My website and blog (of course): jacquelinebrocker.esquinx.net.

* Dreamwidth – jacquelineb.dreamwidth.org

* Facebook – Like my author page, Jacqueline Brocker, to keep up with writing-related updates.

* Goodreads – you can like my author profile.

* Tumblr – I’m posting my writing-specific posts to jacquelinebwriting.tumblr.com, and anything else to jacquib.tumblr.com. (This post will go to the jacquib tumblr.)

* Twitter.

Mirrored from jacquelinebrocker.esquinx.net.

jacquelineb: (lilly)
Well folks, some good news from me.

* First, have had a short piece published on Every Night Erotica: "Ripe Fruit". My brief description for it is: Summer fruits and fears of a lover parting. Contemporary erotica, older man/younger woman with a touch of the possessive. You can read it, comment on the website or even rate it you want. :)

* Secondly, my website now live! The url is here: http://jacquelinebrocker.esquinx.net. I welcome feedback, good or bad.

* Third, as part of the site, I've launched a new blog. See here for the very first post: Blog

And that's it for now. 'tis a small start, but am quite happy with it. :)
jacquelineb: (Default)

Well, folks, here it is. My brand spanking new website and blog. Take a look around and marvel! (Or not. As you will.)

Buoyed by the news that Every Night Erotica was to publish my short piece “Ripe Fruit” (you can find it here, and with the approaching publication of the anthology Erotica Apocrypha from Freaky Fountain Press, I decided to finally get this site to a presentable state.

So, why a website and blog?

Whilst I have yet to be published in a big way – though I am proud of my small but growing publication record – the word on the winds of the internet tells me that all writers really need a website these days (how China MiĆ©ville manages with just a tumblr account I’ll never know. Wait, that’s because he’s highly decorated and critically acclaimed. Never mind.)

I’d like to think I’m not purely doing this as part of a trend/marketing purposes/because-the-king-of-the-potato-people-told-me-to. I have an instinct for archiving material, for keeping it together in one ordered place, and hey, these websites are all rather fun, right?

So, this new blog, what will it be all about? Two things mostly; writing, and dragons. I also have an erotic web serial in the planning stages, which you will hear more about in the coming weeks, but for now, here is the posting schedule.

Sunday: an update on my own writing. The length of this will vary – I foresee long rambling posts, as well as one word expletives in the future.

Wednesday: Writing anxieties. Which doesn’t sound like the most inspiring of series, but it occurred to me that all over the web are a ton of writing advice sites, you-go-get’em posts, publicity advice, how to use social media to your advantage, the perils and highs of publishing, etc. There are very few, however, about those freakouts and fears that most writers are prone to. These aren’t posts about wallowing in self-pity (though there’ll be a bit of that no doubt) but rather to express the worries and doubts and maybe reach out to people who share them.

Friday: Dragon Day. As many of my friends and family will know I’ve have years in the process of a novel affectionately referred to as ‘the Dragon Novel’, about PhD students studying dragons. The research for the novel sparked an interest in dragons themselves, and it seems that, while the novel itself is on a bit of a hiatus, I can keep up my interest by blogging about some facet of them. And there are many. Be prepared for images, film reviews, info about the most famous of the creatures, and other such flotsam so befitting your everyday draconologist.

And that’s it. Feel free to comment away – I’m leaving comments unmoderated for now, please keep things civil else I may have to change that. Which would be sad.

But before I go completely, some thanks to folks for helping me get this site up: Amanda, for generously allowing me to share her webspace. Katharina, for the photographs of me in on the Biography and Contact pages. Ana Laura, for her illustrations on “Red by the River”, and the promise of more to come.

Mirrored from Edge of Genre.

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