Now that things are getting closer to the pointy end of my first book release (with second hot on it's heels), I'm coming to the point of this journey that I knew would come, but that I've been a little fearful of: self promotion.
It's a necessary evil, but necessary doesn't = easy. Approaching a blog owner or reviewer, even one where the people who run it are really lovely (which pretty much covers all the blogs I follow regularly), is scary. I find the process of asking others to invest their time in me and my writing. Even if it's something as simple as a blog post or a share of my Facebook page.
I am extremely grateful to all those who do these things, especially those who do it without being asked and out of the kindness of their heart.
I know I've mentioned before how I am my moments of self-doubt and low self-confidence so trying to sell myself is a big deal for me. There's something I've realized over the last few months of writing, editing, rewriting, adding, getting beta-readers and feedback etc, it's that my writing is worth it. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm okay with that. Nothing will please everyone. I think though that those who do like it, will love it. I've got a confidence that I didn't have a year ago. I am invested in my stories and my writing, but that doesn't stop me from feeling a bit like this every time I ask for attention: