Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Following My Heart – Part II: The Branding Process

Now that I’ve remembered where my heart is and have decided to step out there, I started listening more to this whole branding thing. Seems I have three personae to brand: Connie Flynn who writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy; K.C. Flynn who writes mysteries with maybe some paranormal thrown in; and Connie/K.C. partner and owner/instructor of Bootcamp for Novelists Online. And, of course, there’s still my college creative writing instructor persona, especially now that teachers are expected more and more to market their own courses.

Although K.C. (Old Bones) is more likely to have a new book out sooner, I’m starting with Connie because her book is the most “o
ut there” (as in weird and strange, not out on the shelves). And she also has four ebook reissued titles available in bookstores. Various branding gurus of my recent acquaintance (when the student asks, the teacher appears) tell me I need three keywords related to what I’m writing which will also be of interest to me and my potential readers. After lots of doodling, I came up with them.

Fashion: True, I dreamed about being on America’s Top Model, but what’s more to the point is that the heroine in my fantasy THE XANADU REBELLION was a world famous fashion model before a tragic accident scarred her face. Although she now spends her time learning how to save the universe (some minor hyperbole) she still loves beautiful quirky clothes. How I understand her. Although I spend my time working for a living, I also love beautiful, qu
irky clothes – an indulgence I’ve denied myself for far too long. So this is my era of QUIRKY FASHION. I’ve even taken to following Lady Gaga and Prince Poppycock on Twitter and Facebook, but never fear that I’ve gone off the edge. I’m still no stranger to Ann Kline and Inc. And there is at least one pair of sturdy, sensible walking shoes in my closet.

Breakthrough Science: THE XANADU REBELLION book is a crossover between science fiction, urban fantasy, and high fantasy . . . with a little romance thrown in
. So are a couple of my soon to be reissued backlist, THE FIRE OPAL and THE DRAGON HOUR. And, frankly, I’m a bit of a science geek. Mostly blow your mind stuff like the neutrino joke I posted on Connie’s Corner and the possible space elevator that I’ll be posting about soon, so welcome to FREAKY SCIENCE.

My Twisted Philosophy: I’m not sure how old I was when I realized that not many people saw th
e world quite the way I do. Perhaps in the second grade where Mrs. Brown constantly got after me to put my crayons away in a timely manner. Oh how I loved the coloring hour. Anyway, I have spent most of my life with my nose stuck in various, often little known, human potential movements. I’ve learned a bit of this and a bit of that and have reached a point where I might know enough to share a bit here and there. I warn you this is not for the faint of heart. Look for: GOOFBALL MUSINGS. Topics can range from how to avoid being asked to bring a hot dish to a potluck dinner to why you should be careful about what you declare yourself to be. My musings may often be goofball-y, but I AM not a goofball.

Bootcamp for Novelists is also getting a brand workover . . . and a new location. Yes, the online writing school is getting it’s very own blog where my partner Linda Style and I will switch off posts on writing, on the writing industry, and on the writer’s life. We’ve added a new slogan: COMMITMENT, CRAFT, CREATIVITY to round out our goal of teaching step by step and our promise that we can help. Check out course listings at the Bootcamp website and look for our changes around the first of 2012.

In the meantime, if you’d like to check out Connie’s books, click on the book names. SHADOW ON THE MOON and SHADOW OF THE WOLF are currently available in ebook format and so is the Old Bones story by K.C. Flynn. If you’d be willing to write a short review to post on Amazon and Goodreads (blogs are good, too) for any or all of these stories, email me at connieflynn@cox.net. I’ll send you a code that will let you download the books for free.

Meanwhile, I’m not sure how long I’ll be running with the Following my Heart theme, but for now I close part II. If part III comes into existence, you’ll find it here at Much Cheaper Than Therapy on the first Tuesday of January.


PamelaTracy said...

The Xanadu Rebellion sound familiar. I'm soooo looking forward to reading this persona's conclusion.

Connie Flynn said...

Thanks, Pam. I'm pleased I didn't put you to sleep.

Vijaya Schartz said...

Love that you are going into science fiction, Connie. Can't wait to read it. I recently reworked my log line. It now reads: Blasters, Guns, Swords, Romance with a Kick... until I find a better one.

Donna Marie Del Grosso said...

Hi Connie,
I had no idea your writing was so diversified! Old Bones sounds great. I'm glad your other books are going to be re-issued as I went crazy on-line once looking for them once! BTW--- I think you absolutely have it going on regarding the fashion too. You looked fabulous at the Fall Workshops! ;)

Connie Flynn said...

Some cool keywords you got going on there and it's nice to know I have someone to talk science fiction with. I hate it when I make peoples' eyes glaze over. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Connie Flynn said...

Hi Donna,
Yeah, I've done everything from a ranch romance to financial intrigue to romantic adventure and comedy, plus four paranormal romances and the mysteries. You can get many of them on Kindle these days and I wasn't kidding about the free book if you'll do a review. Let me know at connieflynn@cox.net. And thanks for the fashion feedback. I've actually been working on spiffing up my image and it's nice to know I'm getting there.

Laurie Schnebly Campbell said...

Oh, wow, Connie, you can see how late I am at catching up with the digest -- but what a COOL blog, with all kinds of fascinating information!

Not to mention the great new covers... :)

Kim Watters said...

Poppycock? Really? LOL. You and my daughter would get along great! I love all your personas and anyone else you decide to create in the future. :)