Friday, October 30, 2015

Not Exactly Re-Branding

Hey folks,

Sorry that I've been quiet here lately. I've been perusing Seth Godin's book on Tribes, which is important for new authours. In this fragmented market space, an artist has to determine who their "tribe" is, that is, the people who will be drawn to their work. If I wrote erotic romance,for example, this would be easy. Unfortunately, I write a blend of genres. Yes, it's urban fantasy, but it's also near-dystopian. Post-apocalyptic, yes, but with strong noir detective roots. (Thanks, Robert B.Parker) There is also a blend of religion and spirituality and mythology, along with strong social justice commentary and a good deal of action and humour.

I have no idea who my "tribe" is.

Even my blog, which I thought I would focus on dreamers, because that's what all artists are, wasn't specific enough or wide enough. Fact is, I'm interested in a lot of things. I thought about making my blog non-political, but I am passionate about social justice, which bleeds into politics. I'm also a huge sports fan. And I love pop culture. Sigh. So you see the dilemma.

So while the experts suggest I focus on ONE SPECIFIC THING, I realize that I can't do that. This may limit my page views, but, well, I don't care. So if you see something you like, whether you're a sports fan or movie fan or want to delve into class issues, I hope you'll find something here.

The heart of a novelist is the intricacies of the human experience. That is a WIDE, WIDE net, but if I limit myself to one thing, I simply won't write. (Here. I'm ALWAYS writing)

Hope you enjoy the "new" blog. Thanks for coming on the journey with me.

-Steve