Hello, All! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and you know what that means: another installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to unfurl (yes, I said unfurl) our fears and insecurities onto the world.
Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
I’d also like to take a moment to tell you: I’ve been nominated! Woo-hoo! *throws confetti*
There are all sorts of rules to these awards. One must nominate other bloggers, answer certain questions, watch 3 consecutive episodes of Catfish without throwing the remote at the TV, and juggle a swordfish while standing on your head.
But since I’m a renegade, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to answer two questions and list one thing that inspired me in the last few weeks.
Which fairy tale character would you rather be?
Definitely the Fairy Godmother because I’d go around turning cars into pumpkins just because.
How many books (on average) do you read each year?
I’m embarrassed to admit this but around 4. *Grabs chocolate donut. Runs from the literary police. Hides under bed.*
One thing that inspired me in the last few weeks.
I can see the end of the tunnel with this current novel! Almost done and have the next one outlined. My goal is to finish at least three novels this year and publish one. Fingers crossed!
Now. On to what I’m feeling insecure about this month: author taglines. I’ve finally hired someone to do my author website, and while looking at samples of things that I like, I realized that most authors have a tagline in their header. It’s generally a nifty little phrase that keys readers into who you are as a writer and the types of things that you write. For instance, Jackie Collins’ tagline is “She’ll keep you up all night.” When I read that, I think of page-turning, scintillating reads. Easy, peasy, right? It shouldn’t take me long to come up with a tagline for myself.
Quanie Miller: B-Town’s Finest.
Quanie Miller: Southern Sass on fleek.
Quanie Miller: You Ain’t Seen Crazy Yet.
Quanie Miller: A bird in hand is worth two in a bush
Quanie Miller: Be like that sometimes.
Quanie Miller: Bringing Characters to life. Meh.
Quanie Miller: Don’t Start No Shit, Won’t Be No Shit.
As you can tell, I. Am. Stumped.
So I did some digging around and found some really useful articles about taglines.
From Author Cynthia Herron (whose tagline is “Heartfelt, Homespun fiction”):
Think of a “tagline” as a condensed descriptor of your brand. Your “brand” is what makes you distinctive from other authors. It’s the “big picture” of who you are, what you write, the overall feel one gets when your name comes to mind. Your tagline creatively sums up all of these characteristics/factors into a few simple words that mirror you as an author.
A simple way to keep your novels top of mind is to create a distinctive theme tagline that draws your books together under a single overarching identity, giving them a memorable point of difference that enhances your Author Brand.
So now I’m thinking: what’s the one thing that ties all my books together, regardless of the genre? I haven’t come up with a tagline that I LOVE yet, so I’m still brainstorming. Do we need a tagline as authors? Not at all. But I think it’s a quick and useful marketing tool–especially when a new reader stumbles across your website.
What say you, folks? Do you have an author tagline? If so, share them in the comments section. Have you seen any really really really bad ones? Share those too!
I’d love to hear your thoughts!