I love signature lines. 🙂 I especially like the ones that include a writer’s website and a tagline. Even a cool title or an idea of what the writer writes. Most of the time, if it’s a person I don’t know or one I haven’t heard from in a long time, I’ll usually hit up their website or blog for a look-see. Now that doesn’t mean I’m automatically a fan, but it’s great to see what others are working on and to know that I’m not alone in writing the weird stuff. 😉 If it has anything to do with fantasy or paranormal stuff, I’ll go there even faster.
What I don’t like in signature lines are lines and lines of quotes about the greatness of a book. I could care less if the writer has won dozens of awards or have rows of fantastic quote from various review sites and/or other authors. I used to have a tagline that said I received 5 tombstones from Bitten by Books. Now, that’s not an easy feat to come by, so it’s a huge accomplishment in itself. I was–am–proud of it, doggone it. Sure, I wanted to shout it to the world. But…it annoys me whenever I see more than five lines on a signature AND we haven’t even gotten to the person’s website yet because you have wade through the quote mire. Every now and then I see it on one of my online loops and it makes want to get away from their post faster than ever.
It’s not a jealousy thing by any means. Trust me when I say it takes a lot to make me jealous. I’m just not that petty. But this sort of goes along the same lines as an author’s website. If you clutter it up with a bunch of junk, you’ll turn readers away. We don’t like to searching through a needle in what should be a stack of needles. We want our information quick and easy to find.
What does your signature line look like? Here’s mine…
THE SPIDER INSIDE HER – Belfire Press – Oct 2011
STRIPPED – available from Samhain