I have been writing for more than 40 years—20 as a military journalist and 20 as a fantasy author. I didn’t know if I am a brand or what that brand is, but I came to a conclusion that I needed to make a go of it, put my mark on it as it were. So, I developed an image to emulate who I am as a writer and as a person.
The quill pin represents me as a writer, but there’s more to it that just that. It also symbolizes my military career. In the U.S. Navy, I was a Navy Journalist, and my rating badge was a quill pen through a scroll. I wore that badge with honor for 23 years. I earned it by attending the Defense Information School (DINFOS) and becoming what we jokingly called a “DINFOS Trained Killer” (I even have it on a t-shirt.) I wanted to represent it in my logo to honor my career as a writer, yesterday and today.
The gears symbolize my mindset as a writer, always turning, never stopping. I think any writer knows this about themselves. They can’t turn it off, the mind is always racing, working out the next paragraph. I always working on my current novel, editing another one, and planning yet another. It is a constant process, a perpetual machine that runs forever. This is what it means to be an independent author.
I also submitted all the proper paperwork to trademark my logo through Trademark Engine. I hate paperwork so its nice to have someone who can do it for you. Expensive as it is, I rather be on the right side of any potential legalities. It’s one of those things that independent authors have to deal with when you don’t have a publisher or a literary agent.
I’ve seen a lot of other authors creating a brand all their own just like me. Plus, with the new book festivals and sci-fi/fantasy conventions I’ll be attending in the next year, I want to have something that stands out so people will know me and my brand of fantasy, steampunk, and sci-fi. So, this is me . . . This is who I am.
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Mark Piggott is an independent author of the Forever Avalon fantasy book series and other fantasy novels and short stories. Forever Avalon is available for purchase as a paperback/ebook at Amazon and as an audiobook from Audible and iTunes. The Dark Tides: Book 2 of the Forever Avalon Series is available for purchase as a paperback/ebook from iUniverse Publishing and at Amazon, and other booksellers. The Outlander War, Book Three of the Forever Avalon series is available for purchase as a paperback/ebook from Austin Macauley Publishing, and at Amazon and other booksellers. His latest fantasy novel, The Last Magus: A Clockwork Heart is available through Lulu and other booksellers. Get ready for The Prometheus Engine: Book 4 of the Forever Avalon Series, coming soon, and the steampunk historical fiction, Corsair and the Sky Pirates.