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Creating Your Author Brand

Some great ideas to get your books into reader’s hands!

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’m back today to share some of my thoughts with you on Author Branding. Have you seen the movie “Our Brand Is Crisis?”

Our Brand Is Crisis stars Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton.

If you get a chance watch it.Not only is it an excellent movie, it’s a great example on how to establish a brand. In the movie Sandra Bullock is a strategist for a man who’s running for President in Bolivia.He’s at the bottom of the polls, he’s not a very likeable candidate. What’s worse? His opponent’s strategist is Bullock’s long-time nemesis, and so it begins.

What was so interesting about this movie is how she came up with a brand for her candidate. That brand was crisis. Her candidate wasn’t popular by any means, but he ended up winning the election. Why? Because of how he branded himself.

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His brand was that he was the…

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Supernatural- Best Show Ever?



Supernatural is one week from the 11th season finale and has been renewed for two more years! But there’s a new online poll for the best show ever and Supernatural isn’t winning, yet. Supernatural is up against the shows, The Walking Dead, Gray’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time (which is currently winning), The Vampire Diaries, An American Horror Story, Dr. Who, Teen Wolf, Chicago Fire, Sons of Anarchy,  and Pretty Little Liars.

First, I’ve got a problem with the choices. There’s been a lot of great shows in my lifetime and before. Okay, obviously, sitcoms weren’t included, but Friends was a great show that can be rewatched over and over. Still, it doesn’t matter what shows Supernatural is against, because I venture that if you watched the first five seasons, you probably made it through the iffy story lines to where the show became great again. Why? Sam and Dean!

What’s so special about Sam and Dean? In episode 91 of season five, The Real Ghostbusters, (the one where they go to the first ever Supernatural Convention) Sam and Dean get a look at how we fan see them.

You’re wrong you know.

DEAN (Turning back) Sorry?

About Supernatural. No offense but I’m not sure you get what the stories about.

(Smirking) Is that so.

All right. In real life, he sells stereo equipment. I fix copiers. Our lives suck. But to be Sam and Dean, to wake up every morning and save the world. To have a brother who would die for you. Well who wouldn’t want that?

Well? Who wouldn’t want that? As a rabid fan, I follow Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles on Facebook and they’re best friends in real life. They hang out, their kids hang out, they pick on and play tricks on each other in real life! That great real life relationship carries over into the show. 

Now, let’s take my number two pick in that poll, Sons of Anarchy. I wasn’t a rabid fan, but I always got the feeling they got along. I’ve read a few articles that back this up. Here’s one clip:

Sutter on Charlie Hunnam
One of the most rewarding facets of the show, Sutter goes on to say, was the relationships he developed with his cast and crew. He and wife Katey Sagal… talks about how nice to was to be able to chat to him and describes one evening where he and Sagal were missing their daughter (Esme Louise Sutter) and Charlie Hunnam dropped by:

“…for Katey it was like seeing one of her kids. We hung out for an hour or so and it was this lovely infusion of family I just really felt how lucky I was and how rare that is to have built those relationships along the way. I love Charlie, man. We can’t wait until we have an opportunity to work together again.”

The Walking Dead would be my third choice on that list, but I couldn’t find much on cast relationships. Plus, it has got to be hard to form strong relationships when no one knows how long their going to be around. Still, I believe that Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Chandler Riggs (Rick’s son Carl). Here’s one article I found to back that up.

BUT! There are missing shows on that poll! Buffy! (Most of the cast, except Sarah Michelle Geller got along great and we see what that’s done to Geller’s career as in what career?) Star Trek Next Gen–They’re all still friends to this day! (Actually, STNG ties with Supernatural for me.)

There are tons of shows I could list, but I think it’s evident that to make a great show that lasts the cast has to like each other. Or you get what happened on Castle, Stana Katic killed the show.  Same thing happened to Remington Steal, Moonlighting and I’m sure a lot of other great shows of their time.

I’m not a show creator, I’m an author. Applying the above theory to my fiction, I see another reason the relationships in Jolene, You’re Not a Monster work and help elevate the thrilling action into a complex story that makes us cheer, care and cry for Jolene and Reese. I hope if ever Jolene is adapted for the screen the actors will get along enough that it carries over, because we the audience can tell.

Okay, I’m done being philosophical. Please go vote for which of the listed shows you think are the best shows ever.

Wendy J. Fox: Reconciling book sales as a debut author

Read Her Like an Open Book

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When I found out my first book had been accepted for publication, I did not have dreams of a bestseller or fame; I mostly experienced relief. While I’d published in magazines and anthologies, suddenly there was a book of my own.

There was the sheer, beginning thrill of finally feeling like an author, and then there was the reality of how other folks, people who are not writers, ask about it.

“So, how many books have you sold?” a typical conversation might start.

It’s a hard question to answer. It’s tempting to tell the truth (south of a thousand), and it’s tempting to dodge, oh, it’s not so much about sales, and it’s also tempting to outright lie and say something about how the publisher handles all that, how you’re not really involved, how you only think about it when you get a royalty check.


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