by Shiela Stewart
Yep, I said it. I used a Charlie Sheenism. You’ve got to admit it’s a cool and catchy statement. Put aside the craziness of the man, he knows how to make a point. Everyone is enthralled with him, can’t wait to see what he will do next. The crazy blogs, the wild statements, the tiger blood. Some say it’s just a publicity stunt. Others say he’s addicted to drugs and alcohol. And then there are those who say he has a mental problem. Being Bipolar myself, having two bipolar children, I can say without a doubt that he shows classic signs of being in a manic state. Did you see the one blog where he’s speaking rapidly, his eyes everywhere but on the screen in front of him. Yep, a sign of bipolar. Whatever his problem is, he’s the talk of the town. I admit that I’ve been glued to everything and anything that has to do with Charlie Sheen since his crazy attack on the prostitute in his hotel room. But let’s get back to my point.
Winning!It’s so catchy. As are his other statements. Ex: …’a total fricking rock star from Mars. I’m an Adonis with Tiger blood in my veins’. He has t-shirt, cups, banners with his trademark, ‘Winning” splashed across the front. Now that is smart. Word is he’s in the works to produce a soft drink called, ‘Tiger Blood’ So I was thinking. What does it take to get your word out, to have the readers notice you? Have you ever read a book where one phrase has popped out at you and stuck with you? Have you ever used a phrase or word that your readers have commented about and loved? What does it take to get noticed in such a huge ocean of authors. Well, I certainly am not shaving my head like Brittney Spears did, or phone my husband and rant and rave about wanting him dead like Mel Gibson did. So what else can a person do?
Do you think I would be taken in and placed in a straight jacket, locked in a white padded room if I stood on the top of a building and started throwing my books at people who passed by? Um…okay, a tad bit dangerous, so maybe not. What if I dressed like a vampire, parading up and down the street with a sign stating, “The Darkness is Coming” hoping someone will buy my Darkness Series. Or maybe I could change the entrance sign into the city I live in to “Passion” in honor of my Passion series. How long do you think it would take before I was hauled in and locked up? LOL
Maybe going to such extremes is a bit too much. Perhaps I should stick to the basics, blogging, twittering, posting on Facebook, placing ads in RT mag to get my books noticed. I don’t think I would look good in stripes being Big Bertha’s bitch, and I know having my arms wrapped tightly against my body is sooo not appealing. But still…the urge to come up with a catchy phrase and have everyone following my every word is tempting.
What do you think? Do you think catch phrases work in books as well as they do on TV, movies and from Celebs? Do you have some catchy ones that have stuck with you? Have you written any? I want to hear your opinion. I can’t be the only one out there who has thought about streaking down the street with the title of my soon to be released book, ‘Awaken the Demon” etched in red paint across my body. Am I??