Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Promotion of self

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:

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