One quick announcement! Monday is the Official Kissing Day Blogfest, hosted by Sherrinda at A Writer Wannabe which means I'll be posting a Snippet from my Wippet all full of kissage-and so will a lot of other talented bloggers--Monday is going to be fun times!
So there's been a lot of talk lately on the internet about author branding-where you create your author identity/brand--the thing that everyone can expect when they visit your blog, or your website, or read your books or stalk you on twitter--it could be snarky humor, self deprecating, inspirational, straightforward, philosophical, whimsical, pop-culture obsessed, Frankie is Awesome ;) and 100 other things, but whatever it is--it's you.
Well, I'm not going to talk about that.
What I'd like to know is your author identity/brand in the real world and life. I just discovered two of my fellow online writer-bloggers whose blogs have been picking up a lot of steam in the short time they've been online have not actually told anyone who knows them in person that they're a writer.
I don't know why but this totally shocked me--because it's the total opposite of my world.
I will admit that I wanted to be a writer for years and I never told anyone. I worked on my book in secret, and spent a few years world building before I ever had the guts to mention it to anyone other than my mom and sisters. But once I made the decision to write this book (after I graduated from college) I stopped holding back--I was going to write this book--> I was writing this book--> I was a writer--> and I didn't care who knew.
Now, I might get asked about my book/how the writing is going/what chapter I'm revising/etc around 10xs a day. It's really common for someone to walk up to me and ask how I am and how the book is going in the same breath. Everyone who knows me knows I'm a writer and it seems like everyone knows where I'm at in my quest for publication-either from talking to me or reading my blog or both. This extends from my close friends to co-workers to coffee barristas and random people at Barnes and Noble...yeah the random people at Barnes and Noble know me and know I'm writing...
And you know what? I love it! Being a writer is a huge part of my identity--no it is my identity--I'm a writer, that's who I am and its fun being able to share that with everyone in my world. I was talking to Donna yesterday and she said something that struck a chord--she called me 100% Frankie--I'm always me, all the time. It fits.
I also like the accountability it brings--people are expecting me to finish my revision--online and in real life. It's like a constant reminder wherever I am to reach for my goals and give me an extra little push whenever things get tough.
So I'm curious about all of you. Which of you are writers in the closet? Who is living out loud as a writer? If you're not telling anyone you're a writer-why not? When will you? Or won't you?
For those of you who are like me, what do you think about everyone knowing about your goals? Does it help you, inspire you, or make you nervous? Anyone have an experience that's in between?
Basically, what is your author brand in real life? Who are you? I'm so curious now. How does your online identity mesh with your online one? Do you ever plan to mesh the two?
Let me know:-)