Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rebranding

You're not in the wrong place. This is still my blog! It's just ... had a little makeover.

I've been thinking about the "author brand" as opposed to the "book/series brand", and realized that those two things don't have to (and maybe shouldn't) be the same. Up until a few hours ago, my blog very definitely said I was an author of young adult paranormal/fantasy fiction. Which is the truth. But I don't plan to always write in that genre. In fact, there's a very non-paranormal idea that's been hanging out in my head for nearly a year now that I'm very much looking forward to writing.

I don't want people to associate me with only one genre and then be somewhat freaked out one day when I publish something completely different. So ... I'm trying to go for a more "neutral" feel with this blog. Something that doesn't immediately scream Very Specific Genre. Do you think I've succeeded at all? :-)

PS - And April is OVER! Hallelujah!



21 comments:

Annalisa Crawford said...

Spooky - you must have changed it as I was commenting on your last post. I like it. Nice, fresh and clear.

Joshua said...

I like the look. A bit...cheerier. :o)

Carole Anne Carr said...

Good thinking, re the blog and yes I'm shouting Hurray! too.

Morgan said...

Looks great to me! I definitely get a different feel---and you're right, before your site totally screamed YA paranormal (Which is a GREAT thing) but smart if you're thinking of branching out ;)

Yay for May! :D

Katherine said...

I agree with Joshua that is cheerier, and I think that the paranormal side still comes through with the book covers. Nice redesign!

Lady Gwen said...

I like the new look - it's clean and professional. I've been thinking about re-doing mine to make it more professional. I'm having artwork done for my first self-pub book and am struggling whether or not to use it on my blog. I don't think I will, but will probably use it on my website. I don't know if you know this, but you can get a free website at weebly.com. You need a domain name, though. You can buy one from them or somewhere else. I think I paid $90 for ten years. You can also get one for about $7 year, so it's very reasonable. It'd be the perfect place to showcase your awesome novelas/covers. P.S. Can't wait to check out your self-publishing posts over at Rachael's blog!

Lady Gwen said...

Okay, I'm back! I just checked out your Creepy Hollow page and it's awesome - a perfect showcase. I'm totally going to do that on my blog, too, when I'm ready to publish;)

Krista McLaughlin said...

I like this. It's good and it does showcase that you are an author and still your books have links here. It's nice. :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I try not to put authors in a box, so rebranding is perfectly acceptable.

Cherie Reich said...

I really like the new look, although I miss the purple. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Very nice! :)

Christine Rains said...

I like the new look. Easy on the eyes and simple to navigate. Plus, it's just plain lovely. :)

Laura Josephsen said...

Ooh, I like the new look! And I also like the new book cover! (I'm so behind on blogging and whatnot. O_O You probably did a post for Traitor's cover and I missed it.)

Congrats on making it through the A-Z Challenge!

sulekkha said...

It is a clean and clear look. You could be writing about anything and it will blend in here :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Smart move. I think it works for what you want to achieve.

M Pax said...

Very nice, Rachel. It still feels kind of gothic with the pattern, which goes with paranormal. Clever.

Libby said...

Definitely more neutral, and I like the pattern!

Mina Burrows said...

I like what you've done. And I see why you've done it. The new look is clean and attractive. Well done!

Theresa Milstein said...

I like the new look!

Theresa Milstein said...

Stopping by to say hi and see how you're doing.

Hi! How're you doing?

Kittie Howard said...

A great look, Rachel. You're wise not to box yourself in. Gosh, but you're creative with the computer as well as the written word. Great job!