How many introverts do we have in the room? Ah yes, silence. Nobody raises their hand because they're too shy. I know what you're thinking. If I raise my hand, somebody might look my way. Worse yet, they might ask me to stand. Or...er...sss...ppeeek!
Yes, I can relate to this. Oh, so well.
I was painfully shy as a child. I had no siblings, spent hours talking to my dogs and dolls, and creating my own imaginary world. Not surprising for a writer in the making I suppose, but in retrospect, I wonder now how many opportunities I missed along the way because I did not want my voice to be heard. I was the one practically on the floor at a show where audience participation was rampant. I rarely said much in class.
Simply put, I did everything in my power not to be noticed.
Not much has changed over the years. I can't boast to being a terribly outgoing person. I don't like being forced to speak. I'm not comfortable in group settings. It takes me a while to warm up to people, and I guess that might make some think I'm a little snooty. I'm not, really, I'm just...well, weird.
How then, with all these wonderful attributes going for me, do I stand a chance of being able to promote myself as an author? I have no idea, and frankly, it concerns me.
Marketing is vital. Being able to say, "I've written this book, I know you're just going to love it!" is not prideful, it's necessary. But it's so not me.
At the moment I'm trying to think of ways to get folks interested in my Vietnam book. If it goes to print, I want support behind it. I realize that a lot of authors won't let too many people read their work before it's published, but I don't fully agree with that. I want to know that what I'm putting out there is good, and others like it. Like a political campaign, I'd like to have a support system in place before I even hit the road.
That means I have to get out of my comfort zone and ask people to read my book.
I have to say that so far I've not had much luck. I'm not sure what I'll do if I ever get to the point of needing endorsers - for all the talk I've heard about writers making time for one another and supporting each other, my experience over the last few days has unfortunately proved otherwise. Maybe it's asking to much of someone to read a manuscript that as of yet has no guarantee of being published. But then there are the few good souls who prove their worth and graciously agree to read it. Because of people like that, I will keep knocking on doors. I will keep writing this blog for the few who read it. And I will convince myself that I have a product worthy of your support.
I do! Really!!
So what about you? Are you in the process of marketing or promoting yet? Where do I start?
I can already feel my gut clenching just thinking about it.
That said, please support me and my book.
There, that was convincing, wasn't it?