So, following on from my last post, I think it’s really important as an author writing in 2011 that you’re accessible. For the most part, writing has moved beyond a mystery solitary figure semi- anonymously penning a novel. Authors have become social figures, who are recognised in the street, and who have fan bases who are genuinely interested in them as people, not just as writers.
This was actually something which came up when I was first signed to Peters, Fraser & Dunlop. My agent at the time underlined her interest in other areas of my life. As a former Broadcast Journalism student, films I had made were readily available on the internet by simply Googling my name, and it seemed this greater package was something which had boosted the appeal of my writing and my novel.
In a similar vein, I decided to apply for the Apprentice UK a few weeks ago. I’ve been asked to attend an audition on Monday, which I will no longer be able to go to, having FINALLY received a start date on the job I’ve been waiting to start ever since I returned home from Canada two months ago. However, when I was submitting my application for the show, one of the questions caught my eye. ‘What’s the most interesting thing about you?’
Not feeling like it was something I could answer myself, I turned to my boyfriend, and asked him to answer on my behalf. ‘You’re ridiculous!’ he replied. (Cheers boyf!) ‘Your life is ridiculous!’ he clarified. ‘I’ve never met anyone like you! Just write down some of the stuff you’ve done in recent years …’.
It’s something I have to admit, I have heard before. I’ve always lived my life to a slightly different song-sheet to those around me, and often friends’ parents comment that they don’t know people their own age who have done the things I’ve done in my 27 years. But almost two years has passed since that initial conversation with my agent, and those two years have been taken up with three new novels, and several edits, so it was easy to put that side of my ‘career as an author’ on hold.
However, now, as I explore the value you can add to your role as an author, or a wannabe author, I think it’s important to perhaps share my own story with readers of my blog – my potential future fans! I have alluded to some parts of my life before, when discussing how I came to become an author, but there are lots of things I’ve left out, because I didn’t think they were specific to my writing career. They are, however, specific to me. And I think that’s an important point to remember, being an author in 2011. Anything that’s specific to you, can also be specific to you as an author. People WANT to see the face behind the writing mask, and to know more about you than which county in England you live in, and how many dogs you own!
I’ve talked before about Google stalking and the privacy barriers of the internet, and that’s something that comes in here too. Hopefully, if you empower your audience with some information about yourself, they won’t feel the need to more aggressively hunt it down themselves!
Ok without further ado, I guess it’s time to get on and add to My Author Package —>