In addition to hosting his new release book, here’s a few things about the author he’d like to share.
5 More Things You Didn’t Know About Kerry Alan Denney aka The Reality Bender
Like Santa Claus giving out toys from his bottomless magic sack, I have some more fun factoids to share.
1. How I became branded as The Reality Bender
The process was surprisingly quite simple, as if it had been staring me in the face all along. Having a “brand” is important for authors, nowadays more than ever before. It not only helps generate visibility and author brand recognition, but also generates sales, future long-term fans, and helps your target audience find you when handled and marketed properly.
A couple of years ago while I was soliciting literary agents for representation for one of my novels, I noticed two distinct agents mention that they were looking for works that “bend reality,” a catchphrase that caught my eye. All my work does just that: I write a crossover blend of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and the supernatural and paranormal, effectively bending reality.
A couple of weeks later, one of my perceptive and discerning beta readers called me up to comment on one of my novels he was currently reading. He told me how much he was enjoying it and why, which is something I ask my beta readers to share—along with any negative criticism about things I need to revise—then he said, “Man, you are just bending reality all over the place with this one.”
Eureka, I thought, of course, that’s it! Wanting a second opinion before I got too excited about the idea, I called my marketing guru-slash-sensei, who never pulls punches and always calls ’em like she sees ’em, and asked her what she thought of the brand name. “Well, duh,” she said. “That’s exactly what you are.”
That sealed the deal for me, and several beta readers and fans agreed when I told them about it. Shortly thereafter, I teamed up with a professional photographer friend who’s also an expert graphics designer and told him about my idea for an author brand photo to use in all my social media strategies, and he helped create my “Kerry Alan Denney is The Reality Bender” photo, in which I’m “bending” the Earth between my hands with a mad leer in my eyes. You can see the photo on my website at http://www.kerrydenney.com and various social media sites such as my author/ fan page on Facebook, Twitter, my Amazon and Goodreads Author Pages, etc.
Thus was The Reality Bender conceived and born. And the madness continues to this day, bwa ha ha ha ha ha…
2. My writers’ critique group The Atlanta Writers’ Collective was a finalist in a Writer’s Digest competition, and featured in an online article
Several of the writers in my writers’ critique group subscribe to Writer’s Digest magazine, and in January of 2014 we received a notice from Writer’s Digest that they were holding a competition / contest called “What Makes Writing Groups Work?” My fellow group members and I figured nothing ventured, nothing gained, and I took the reins and filled out the Questionnaire supplied by Writer’s Digest. After sharing it with rest of my group and having everybody add their own ideas, I edited it with the revisions, got the group’s final approval, and submitted the Questionnaire. Two months later, we received notification from Writer’s Digest that out of over 100 entries, the Atlanta Writers’ Collective was chosen as a top ten finalist in the competition. The Collective was subsequently featured in an online Writer’s Digest article announcing the winners. The article can be seen here. I’m the long-haired dude second from the right in the bottom row of the pic of our group.
3. You can chat LIVE with me online real-time anytime
That’s right! I love hearing from my fans, readers, colleagues, prospective readers, and anyone who’d just like to chat with me and share some fun ideas, learn more about my published and forthcoming works, and spread the good word. To chat live with me, just go HERE, look in the “Kerry Denney’s Tweets” box in the column on the right, click in the “Compose new Tweet” box at the bottom, fill in my Twitter handle @KerryDenney, and type your message. I keep the page open when I’m online and respond to all messages as quickly as possible, so stop by sometime and say hello!
4. Don’t tell anybody, but I secretly enjoy marketing and self-promotion endeavors
Well, I didn’t at first. Like most other authors, I’d rather just disappear into my muse and write. Becoming an expert at manipulating social media to your advantage is and will always be an ongoing process—there will always be more to learn—and there’s a hell of a learning curve when you’re just starting out. But once I began to get the hang of a lot of tactics and strategies for finding and generating interest and sales from my target audience (with familiarity comes ease), I started getting a kick out of coming up with interesting new material, ideas, and information with quality and value to engage potential readers as well as create a line of communication for correspondence with them. And it’s not always about me or my work: I often post, share, and Tweet interesting and informative articles about the process of writing, searching for representation for publication, and marketing strategies that work across genres, among other writing-related material. I use the analogy of a sapling growing in a vast forest: some branches will grow strong and blossom with leaves as they strain toward the sun, and some will wilt and break off. We as authors just need to find the strengths of the greatest branches as our sapling continues to grow, and implement them wherever and whenever possible in order to stand tall and proud among our fellow trees.
5. I have a Superhero alter-ego
Yes, The Reality Bender is also a civic-minded, crime-fighting machine. My secret weapon/ superpower? I can wax philosophical on any subject to the point that my audience (criminals, in this case) become entranced and entirely forget about the crimes they were in the process of committing, and become engaged in a spirited discussion of the subject matter, whatever it may be. My superhero costume? Cutoff denim shorts, a tank top or sleeveless shirt, rad shades, flip-flops or barefoot, and a cold beer in hand. No capes, no tights. While in my superhero disguise, I can often be found on a warm tropical beach with toes in sand, watching the constant waves roll in, reveling in the briny tang of a fresh ocean breeze, and grinning like I don’t have a lick of sense.