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Monday, January 14, 2013

What's Your Brand?

I think mine is Ghirardelli or Olive Garden.

Eh, yeah. Well, anyway.

When is the best time to start marketing yourself or creating your brand?

Now. Right now this very moment. You may not realize it, but you've actually been working on it for a while now. The real question is whether or not you are presenting yourself in the best way possible.

Have you Googled yourself?

Take a moment and try it. I'll wait.

What came up? Did YOU show up in that list? Was it the kind of stuff that made you look like a writer? Or at least a semi-intelligent human being? (And yes, I know that's hypocritical coming from the ninny who posted THIS.)

"We are all merchants." Sam Walton. 

As writers we are merchants. We sell ourselves as well as our novels. It takes time to make our presence known to the world. Every post, comment, social network account, etc. leaves one more mark on the web that says

I was here!

The best way to do it is by simply being you. This means you don't have to do it all. Unless you have a cloning  machine like the Ninja Captain.

This week I'd like to talk about things you can do now to build your personal brand. What do you want to talk about? Ask questions and let's start a dialogue. Otherwise you'll be subjected to my discombobulated ramblings. ;)


Nana Prah said...

I'd be happy to be subjected to your ramblings, good things come from them. Looking forward to reading more about branding this week.

Liz said...

Not going to Google myself. I don't want to know.

And as for branding, I know nothing, so I wouldn't even know where to begin. Ramble away.

LD Masterson said...

"discombobulated" - is that a technical term? :-)

Aldrea Alien said...

If I google my pseudonym, then I am the only thing that pops up for two pages. Top of the list? My blog. Followed by twitter, google+ and pinterest.


Charity Bradford said...

LOL, we'll see. ;)

Charity Bradford said...

You've got to try it Liz. It's quite educational.

Charity Bradford said...

Awesome! That's what you want.

Charity Bradford said...

Most definitely. Really I just think it's fun to say.

Tara Tyler said...

fabulous! cant wait to hear your thoughts on this essential topic! go charity!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sounds like a good topic! I struggle with this one.

Laura Stephenson said...

There's a famous doctor with my name... :( I want people to hear "Laura Stephenson" and think "awesome fantasy author." I don't care how I'm seen as awesome, I just have to be in some way. :D