We're thinking about brand this month. Branding, in it's most literal origin, means to mark permanently with a hot iron (verb) or is a mark of ownership (noun). We'll go with the latter and skip the burn! Your brand marks YOU as a product. There's lots of excellent work online about creating an author brand, but we want to focus on a few key questions here that will hopefully get your brand-juices flowing.
This will get you started thinking about who YOU want to be as an author. Another good way to understand author brand is to visit the website of some of your favorite authors. What is the look, feel, and tone of their websites? What is the voice they use on social media sites? If you (or they) had to sum up their books into a 30 second speech, what would it be? This is more than just genre (he's an action writer; she writes romance). It's about what makes YOU special and recognizable to your readers.
Your personal author brand should be summed up in one statement with a few key ideas about who you are. There are lots of resources online about building your personal brand, so do some searches and find the approach you like best, but the long and the short of it is . . . you have a few seconds to let your reader (and anyone who is searching for you on Goodreads, NetGalley, Amazon, or Google) know who you are.
How do you make people feel? What benefit will readers get from your books? What's your mantra?
You get the drift...it's up to you how you want to brand yourself, but remember, it's a permanent mark. Make it memorable.