A signature is a feature or quality you associate with someone or something. I saw a badge weeks ago that said 'Your culture is your signature.' and for me that has proven to be true.
Those who have read anything I've written are aware that Jamaica is a character in my stories. As you can see by the masthead on this blog, I've made the island part of my signature.
There are several aspects of what we do that form part of our signature. There are our book covers—a series may carry the same feel to clue readers in to the fact that they are connected. Then there is the type and quality of the stories we write. What we do with each book and how well we do it, become part of what readers expect when they sit down with our stories.
I want to be equated with excellent quality, both in terms of the cosmetics and reading experience that goes with each book. As readers become more familiar with our writing, they should have the confidence to purchase each novel without fear that they are getting a shoddy product. That's what developing your signature is about.
Then there's your email and blogging signature. Your email is doing a promotional job each time someone opens your mail that includes your blog address and information on what you've written. Some of us get a little fancy and do something like this, which at a glance tells who I am and what I do.
Have you developed a signature in terms of your writing and do you leave a footprint in your email and while you're visiting other blogs?
A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name.
- Evan Esar
Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.
- Nhat Hanh