So, What’s With the Logo?

By now you’ve seen the logo — if not, there it is. It’s a simple piece; circular in design and simple in fashion. The leaves were meant to give it a more regal appearance, and then there is the ornament in the middle. I’ve been doodling the “Circle A” on everything since I was about seventeen years old. Admittedly, there was a time when I would do it as a visual accessory, just to be seen doing it. As I’ve grown older, there are a lot more reasons behind it that have sentimental meaning.

I decided on the logo as a part of my branding effort. I am educated in business, so I can appreciate how important something recognizable at a difference is — it’s kind of like how we can be twenty feet away from the television and recognize the Simpsons. I wanted to create that for the A.P. Miller brand. As a writer, brand is important, and don’t let anyone tell you different. There is a reason why Stephen King and Tom Clancy had novels debut at number one, because their brand of fiction had been strong performers in the past and a reader could safely speculate that a brand new novel would have the same quality of entertainment.

The design of the logo went through a couple different drafts. I wanted something that looked like the Ramones’ Presidential Logo, without being a complete rip off. My first logo had an eagle on it, as a call back to my Germanic heritage — there is the second rule of the writing business: if you want your work to be accepted by the masses, then you have to prepare yourself for public scrutiny. My olive-leaf-German-eagle looked VERY fascist …if you do the math, you might get an idea of which Germanic political party may have used something similar …right around World War II …and it was pretty evil. Anyways, that logo had to go. In scrambling for the better look, I put in the Circle A.

People in the town I grew up in confused the Circle A as a pentagram, some symbol on a Ouija Board, and just about everything in between. The Circle A is used by a lot as a symbol for Anarchy, which I educated myself on a lot. A lot of folks confuse “anarchy” for “mayhem.” I wasn’t advocating for riots and mass killings, I was trying to make a statement that I felt I was better off under my own supervision. As an adult, I see the fast and immediate benefits of government — namely in the form of infrastructure and defense — but before you can be old and wise you have to be young and stupid.

So why would I include the Circle A on my logo now? Because it is an homage to my punk rock roots. There are a lot of important adult ethics to be learned in punk rock — one of my favorites is the “Do It Yourself” (DIY) mindset. For that reason, chief among others, I wanted to include the Circle A. It was the punk rock / DIY mindset that has driven me to do a lot of things: I wanted to be a sports journalist, so I started my own news outlet. I started a YouTube Channel, I started a podcast — I did those things because the opportunity didn’t currently exist, so I made it for myself.

That’s how I started writing. I didn’t wait for someone to give me a shot, I didn’t wait until the time was right, I just started doing it. There may be more inherent challenges coming my way because of my approach, but that is fine, because I chose the way I wanted to proceed. Each time I put my logo on something, I can remember the path that I had made for myself, and that’s important.

I wanted you all to know that story, so the next time you see my logo, you don’t see something that could be construed as sinister, but something that is rooted in a very important ethic.

On a completely unrelated note: “Days of the Phoenix” my sophomore novel comes out on May 7th and can be purchased EXCLUSIVELY through Amazon.Com! This novel has been well received by the pre-readers and I can’t imagine they would let you down — be sure to grab your copy on May 7th!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on your next trip across the Millerverse.

Ask An Author (With A.P. Miller) – Volume 4

[WARNING]: This blog is highly satirical and is meant for entertainment purposes only. Any similarities between any real people, places, or events is purely coincidental. If you are offended by any of the material contained herein, you may want to reevaluate the way that you treat people as a whole. Content may not be suitable for people under the age of 18.

If you don’t belong to Twitter, I highly recommend it (and let’s follow each other!) — for this week’s “Ask and Author,” I asked for folks in Twitter’s Writing Community to submit fictitious problems and names for yours truly to give advice on; the Writing Community delivered! Make sure you check out the other authors who have submitted their questions and show them a little bit of love!

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15 *Technically* True Facts About A.P. Miller

Ask my younger sister, she’ll tell you. While I’m not the man who invented the loophole, I sure exploited it like I did. My poor mother, what a challenge it must have been to raise such a wiseass child such as myself. When Mom would give an order, I’d follow it, according to its most vague interpretation. For example: Mom would tell me that I couldn’t have chocolate ice cream for dinner …but she didn’t say a damn thing about chowing down on a pint of Breyers for lunch, did she? It’s this sort of thing that’s going to haunt me when I become a parent, mark my words. Continue reading “15 *Technically* True Facts About A.P. Miller”

Things I Want My Readers to Know About Me

Since releasing “Broken Promise Records,” I can tell you that I have found a real sincere enjoyment in the writing process. More than that, I have found a sincere enjoyment in the community that has supported my writing — I feel like I say that a lot, but that’s because I don’t want anyone to ever get the impression that I am taking their time, energy, and support for granted. That’s why I keep saying, and will continue to say, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Continue reading “Things I Want My Readers to Know About Me”

Ask An Author with A.P. Miller (Volume 1)

While I’m waiting for my novels to become New York Times Best Sellers, I’ve decided to broaden my horizons and skill sets by starting an advice column. Truly, someone who writes fiction and wields sarcasm the way a medieval knight would wield a sword to slay a dragon should be your number one choice for advice dispensary. Continue reading “Ask An Author with A.P. Miller (Volume 1)”