Thursday, May 28, 2009


I love this garden statue. Her name is Elsie. But she feels like she's me - reading in all sorts of circumstances.

I've been thinking about my author brand. What do I want the reader to think of when my name comes up?

I have image options that grow out of my books - wisteria, tear bottles, blue bottles, a little dog named Polio Pete, - all symbols connected to my stories. Basically all sorts of sad, sad things. But ultimately I think it all comes to down to one word - history.

It's conceivable that I could write a contemporary novel which would not fit a history brand. But it's unlikely. I expect all my books to have a history component.

So, as I explore options for a new website, bookmarks, blog banner, etc. I think that somehow history has to figure into the logo.

I have some ideas. Maybe too many. Maybe not enough. I could use some help with focus. I am glad to have a capable designer working on the project. And a technician too.

Surely between us, we can get me unconfused...


  1. Wish I could help you out. I am sure there are people out there who can. Happy Creating.

  2. If any of your readers would like to win a three book set of Patrick Carman's Atherton series, I am giving one away on my blog, MsYinglingReads. Thanks!

  3. Thanks Ms. Yingling! I'm spreading the word via the blog. (also over at Livejournal)