|photo by jdurham, morguefile.com|
In addition to radically changing the blog design, I've also redesigned the cover for my debut novel. All this design tinkering is part of developing my author brand.
Brand is more than packaging. It's finding ways to marry content with form and presentation in a way that's winsome and emotionally meaningful.
Many of us, as we begin to move from single title to a body of work, have to stop and reassess our core strengths and messages. What do I want readers to think and feel about what I provide in terms of a reading experience? How do I build an overall aesthetic that communicates that?
Interestingly, one doesn't need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to these sorts of design decisions. Rather, learn from other authors whose look would be equally fitting for your work. After scouring the virtual shelves, I found a very different aesthetic had grabbed me by the throat, one based on some genre cousins in YA literary fiction.
I'll be back Friday for relaunch festivities. Meanwhile, have a look around!
What do you think of the new look? Have you developed a brand? How did you do so?