For at least five years, up until early this year, I’d been wracking my brain on how to boost my novel and poetry book sales by doing what all successful indie authors rave about and swear by: branding. But I just didn’t know how because …
- I don’t write series, so it’s silly to make all my covers look the same, right?
- I’m a different breed of writer. An acquired taste. A Patti Smith/Margaret Atwood/Anne Lamott/Christos Tsiolkas cross. (Forget that, I’m just me.)
- My books are literary in style, but also tightly plotted.
- My books are extremely character-driven, but not slow-paced.
- I take pride and care in the language I use as well as But language always comes first. I like to make music with my words. Who’s gonna give a damn about that?
- I am not afraid to blur or push boundaries, use coarse language when appropriate, or write about ugly human flaws and physical details that make people wince and shudder (and write negative reviews because I use the words sweat, finger, and vagina in the same sentence).
- My books have elements of romance, thriller, suspense, sci-fi, women’s fic, noir, family saga, and more, but do not fit under any one genre.
- My books deal with heavy subjects and themes such as mental illness, bullying, child/emotional/sexual abuse, death, depression, learning disabilities, divorce, drug addiction, institutionalization, nymphomania, obesity, organized crime, religion, sibling rivalry, suicide, totalitarianism … to name a few.
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