“That’s what she looks like? – Really?”
Part of my marketing plan is coming out of the closet. For me, that is almost literally. Well, maybe it’s more like putting down the book that I’ve been hiding behind and showing off my face for the first time.
According to the marketing plan, you can connect with people more when they know what you look like. Hmmm… I’ve been connecting pretty well hiding behind that book, too. 🙂
I love my book logo, and I don’t think it’s disappearing any time soon, but you will get to see a little more of me as I trod ahead.
So, alas, it is time to come out of the closet and show everyone what I look like.
Step one is splattering my mug on the home page of my blog. If you’re reading this post in email, click on in. If you’re already here, please suppress the giggle. I can hear it now… “That’s what she looks like? Really?” Come on … give a girl a break. This is hard enough!
Step two is my new “About” page. I couldn’t decide on one particular picture, so I did a few. The marketing plan says to pick a picture and stick with that to brand yourself with… but me just sitting there and staring right into someone’s eyes is anything but ‘me’. I wanted to promote a little more fun.
Yes, I can be as boring as anyone else, but I also have a little spunk. I want to promote my fun side as well as my professional side.
So click on my “about” link and let me know what you think. If ya hate it, I can always go back to the photographer and ask for some pictures in my granny glasses.
Posted in Road to Publication
Tagged Coming out, coming out of the closet, getting published, hiding, marketing, Marketing plan, Mars, novel, photo shoot, publication, Short story, writing
Well, overall they liked the changes. Yay! There were four things they felt strongly about.
#1 They thought an eleven year old girl would not say “You’re a jerk”. They wanted to change it to “You’re mean”. Okay, I guess that’s all right. It’s not as funny, but I’ll go with it. At least they agreed to put that scene back in. (They originally wanted to completely remove it.)
#2 They wanted to change up a scene where three characters were talking. They sent me an excerpt of what they wanted to do, but I couldn’t put my mind around it. I needed to ask to see the changed manuscript.
#3 In the climax, they felt strongly about the way it happened. Apparently, I did not “show” it well enough to give them a clear picture. I took some things for granted, and I supposed it backfired. They wanted to change it to the way they “thought” it had happened, which really wouldn’t be all that big a deal, but I didn’t think what they suggested was even physically possible. I tried re-writing the scene, and asked them if I’d done a better job of expressing what happened.
#4 They did not like my last word. Not the sentence… just the last word. I thought if they had a problem with the ending, that they’d want to trash the last six words. But nope. Just the last word.
The problem is that changing the last word to what they wanted would change the entire tone of the story. It is also a poetic ending, and it was not the right amount of syllables. I know… that sounds really stupid. You’ll understand when you see it.
I suggested a different word that I think expressed what they wanted, but with the correct amount of syllables. We’ll see what happens.
Overall, I think I am happy at the moment. I would really like to read it one more time to make sure everything is okay. I feel helpless… not having the version that they are working off of right in front of me, and I don’t like okaying things piece-meal.