My wife, K. Sekelsky, recently put together a new portfolio site to help her find new clients for art commissions.
In an earlier version of the website, she had tried to keep her avenues open by not being specific about what kind of work she wants to do. (After all, she is not going to turn away most opportunities.) But in later iterations, she really focused in on a few areas that she wants potential clients to remember her for.
Her website is divided into sections for “HOMES & BUSINESSES”, “STADIUMS”, “BASEBALL”, and “OTHER”. On her about page, she says:
I’m currently specializing in illustrations of homes, businesses, stadiums, and other buildings for gifts or professional use. This includes both line art drawings suitable for letterhead or holiday cards, as well as larger full-color paintings that are perfect for displaying in homes, offices, etc. I also have experience with figure drawing for sports and science-fiction illustration.
Looking at her portfolio site has made me realize that my own website has a serious lack of focus. If you are a reader or editor trying to figure out if I write the kind of stories that you’d like to read (or buy!), then you are pretty much out of luck.
So I think I need to update my website. But for now, I’ll just leave this blog post here. If you want to know who I am as a writer, here’s my personal statement.
I am a writer of personal, small-scale stories about how characters are affected by the world they live in and the choices they have to make. In general, I believe that adventures happen where we live and work–not way over yonder in some distant land. And I believe that heroes are created through acts of courage and compassion–not through prophecies and artifacts.
A lot of my stories are historical fantasy, mostly set in North America. (See “The Herons of Mer de l’Ouest” or “A Guest of the Cockroach Club” for examples.) Many of my stories are also about the ways that humans interact with the ecosystems we inhabit and/or alter, including from both a historical and a futuristic context. (See “Desert of Trees” or “We Jump Down into the Dark”, forthcoming in Asimov’s Science Fiction in 2015.) And finally, I write a lot about characters dealing with the demands of religion and the ambiguities of faith. (See “The Black Veil” and “Dress Me in My Finest Suit and Lay Me in My Casket”.)
If you’re an editor looking for an original or reprint story on one of those topics (or something else that you think I might excel at), don’t hesitate to drop me a line.