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How to find your writer's brand: Editor's Notes #174
October 31, 2014
Hello,

Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.
--Lewis Carroll


In this issue:

1. How to identify your writer's brand
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Letters to the editor

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1. How to identify your writer's brand
Having a clear writer's brand makes selling your work easier, and that includes selling your work to an agent or publisher. Finding your brand takes you into the realm of detective work, detective work about your own writing.

First, consider what you write. Narrow the focus as much as possible. Go beyond naming a simple genre because that won't be enough to make you memorable. If you write fiction, include the target age, themes, times, places, topics, and anything else that seems to define your writing. If you write non-fiction, you can also include how you approach topics and what you tend to emphasize.

What expertise do you bring to your writing? This could be training, your profession or hobby, or a simple personality trait. The success of Amazing British Columbia is largely due to my insatiable curiosity.

Finally, ask friends what they notice about your writing. If you are in a writing group, the others may be willing to engage in mutual discovery.

If you write in a variety of genres (remember Dr. Seuss from the last issue), you need a brand for each, so go through the process for each of your genres.

In the next issue I will tell you how to differentiate your writing from that of others for the sake of selling your work.



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2.Tickled my funnybone
From a list of church bulletin bloopers (With thanks to Sheila Weaver):
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.' 

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3. Interesting Web site
Rachelle gives quick and solid tips to help you identify your genre.
http://www.rachellegardner.com/identify-your-novels-genre/

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4. Letters to the editor
Albert Hall sent this link that I am passing on to those of you who want to take a grammar quiz. http://www.quizfreak.com/can-you-answer-these-12-common-grammar-mistake-questions/index1.html

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