I don’t enjoy promoting my work. I find it very embarrassing, and I fear that I annoy my friends with the constant Facebook posts and Tweets. I don’t think that I am very good at it. I am good at writing, and to be honest, that is all that I am good at (that, and cunnilingus…ask your mom).
So when I ask people to check out my serial “The Watchmage of Old New York” for free at Jukepop Serials, I am embarassed. I am not a bold person and this is a problem, because if I can’t promote myself as a writer, I am bound to fail. I don’t have anything else to fall back on, I have no useful skills. If I fail, I am pretty much fucked.
I have the motion, but I don’t have the lotion. I am not smooth. I am ashamed. I blush and I shake as I type when I ask people to VOTE for “Watchmage” (you can vote once for each chapter) and to share “Watchmage” with your friends through Twitter and Facebook posts. When I brag that “Watchmage” is on the Editor’s Picks list, I only do so because it means that the story is one of the top serial on a website that only takes top serials. I am proud, because I wrote a good story and I want people to enjoy it.
It’s only going to get harder when my novel comes out, and even harder than that when my second novel is done (1st draft should be done by April).
Fellow writers, I would love to hear how you got over the embarassment of self promotion. Also, what techniques do you use to promote. I think that I’ve gotten as much out of Facebook and Twitter as possible. I started using TuesdaySerial, but I don’t know how much it has helped.
Readers, i would love to hear you opinions on self promotion. does it have a negative effect? What can I do to improve my technique? I want your feedback. I want to not offend.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. On self-promotion: This is the way of the world. It would be nice to pick up a great agent, cool publisher and then several talk show appearances. It is just not going to happen to first time novelists. So the “platform” needs to be built in order to get readers. Self-promotion? Maybe can be justified as “meaningful writing exposed to the world promotion.” Y’all seem to have a lot to say so I need to follow you. – John