Why rebrand? What exactly does that mean?
You may have caught my post the other week when I announced that I was going to unveil my rebrand July 1st. I somehow managed to get everything ready a week early (yay!), so here we are! I took a seminar a few weeks ago that made me really focus on what I want readers and followers to feel from my posts, books, and graphics. These words stood out to me because they not only reflect my books, but they truly reflect my outlook on life and what I search for in my day to day.
For my own accounts, though, I'm realizing the need to be more fully me. I plan to share more of my own snippets of writing, as well as being even more open and personal. I'll post more pictures of myself and my life, in hopes that people grow to know me. My deepest desire is to connect and get to know readers and other like-minded people, so I'm hoping by opening up it'll make that authentic connection more possible.
In addition to posting more about my work, thoughts, and life, I'll be focusing my media efforts to mostly Facebook and Instagram. I've been largely neglecting Twitter for several months and will probably continue to do so. It's grown to be such a negative place that I no longer enjoy it. I highly value the connections I've made there. It's been a wonderful way to meet other authors over the years. But I'm most active in other writing communities, so I no longer feel its relevance in my daily life.
There are also several changes on the website including the header, slider on the home page, bio, and other graphics. I've also simplified things a bit for easier navigation. You'll begin to notice more intentional and cohesive themes throughout my social media posts, too. Beginning today, actually. :)
What's coming in the next few months?
The rest of the year is going to be a whirlwind of writing, editing, and PUBLISHING! Yes, you read me right. I hope to publish at least 5 new works by the end of December. It's going to push me to my max, I'm sure, but it's time. I've been sitting on manuscripts for far too long, and I'm ready to change that.
Fear has been the single most reason why I haven't published more often. I feel no shame in admitting how difficult it is to release something that is up for critique everywhere. I'm no stranger to harsh reviews. No author is. But it's taken me a long while to develop the type of thick skin I need to not just survive this industry but to thrive in it. I'm not completely there yet, but I assure you that I'm far better than I once was.
The Buccaneer Belle will be my next release. To be published early July. It's on Goodreads already. If you'd like to be an ARC reader for it, you can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/cARHF9.
How to stay connected?
Staying connected is difficult since Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites continually make it harder for authors and businesses to reach their market. Just because you "like" or "follow" doesn't mean you'll see my posts. I'd have to spend A LOT of money for all my followers to see what I post, and I simply cannot do that. If you'd like to be sure you don't miss anything on FB, hit the "Following" button under the header and tick "See first." For Instagram, click the three dots on my page in the upper right hand corner and tick "Turn on Post Notifications."
The absolute best way to stay connected is through email. I don't email often, but I let everyone know when something new is published. I also occasionally send out information when one of my books is listed in a giveaway bundle. If you'd like to be the first to know about new books, you can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/2OVdj.
What's with the new tagline?
I'm so glad you asked! :) Creator of beautiful and terrifying creatures largely evolved because of my upcoming books but still describes all my works in some way. I'm a huge fan of the Romantic movement, which ranged from approximately 1800-1850. The artists in this period were highly individualistic and weren't afraid to delve into darkness to find beauty everywhere. It can be seen as idealistic, but the focus on beauty and emotion is central to the movement's character.
I graduated with a degree in Literature, but my research of authors and poets did not end there. I still love researching the past and almost every one of my books have historical literature at its roots. You're going to be see a great deal more background of my writing as this year progresses. I'm excited to share this part of my work with everyone because I feel the greats have a lot of wisdom to offer our generation.
In addition to being a reflection of my work and how I think, the tagline is a reminder of PSALM 139:14. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. I really explored this thought. As a creator, how terrifying it must be to give life to something that has the potential to be cruel or evil, yet how exciting that the same creature has the ability to defeat darkness and be a true hero. When I write my characters, they are born with that same free will. Their motivations and decisions alter their actions, and they reap a destiny. Strangely, no matter who they evolve to be (hero, villain, or somewhere in-between), I still see beauty in their flaws and in their hearts because I fully understand them--know them at their deepest core. We are each beautiful and terrifying creatures.
There are wonderful things coming. I can feel it. Can you?
Wow. Here we are on the brink of a whole new year. It’s amazing how fast time flies. I sometimes wish I could capture it with a net and hold it hostage until my heart’s content, but other times, I wish it’d zoom by until that thing is finally accomplished or that difficult season is finally over. Time really does play with our hearts, doesn’t it? Last year was a whirlwind or highs and lows, mountain tops and deep valleys. Pretty much your typical year. Though I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to, I managed to get some things done. And to me, that’s victory!
Writing Life in 2017:
Vanessa K. Eccles
Books, life, and travel.
Author of FABLED, RED RIBBONS, and OF LOVE & LEGEND // Founder of The Faithful Creative Magazine