May 25, 2011 Leave a comment
I have begun some small marketing things to promote my novel. It’s nothing big as the launch date is still four months away, but I need to feel comfortable with promoting myself, and I thought that if I do some small things now, it would help ease any stress I may have.
Self-promotion can be a terrifying thing, and I would be lying if I said it doesn’t bother me. Sure, I like to talk, but the whole ‘Buy My Book!’ ‘Buy My Book’ is a little intimidating, and let’s be honest, sounds kinda needy doesn’t it?
So what’s a writer to do?
*points at the title*
Look, as much as some of us hate to toot our own horn, if you want to be successful as a writer, whether you’re self-published, Indie, or agented with a publishing house, you gotta blow that LOUD. Sure, if you in the last category some of that is done for you, but from what I’ve been hearing, those writers are expected to carry a lot of that load themselves.
Three of the top means of marketing; Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and blogging. And yes, I hear some of you groaning. I know there are those who will say ‘Well, I don’t like doing [Twitter/Facebook/Blogging/YouTube], and if I don’t feel comfortable doing it, I shouldn’t.’ Fine, but how far are you going to get with that kind of an attitude. You know what I hear? Nothing but negativity; ‘I don’t want to do this,’ or ‘I don’t like to do that’. If you don’t understand it, that’s fine. There are plenty of people out there who are willing to help you learn, but if you shut down at the mere mention of Twitter, you shut yourself off from potential customers. Why should I take the time to look at your book, if you can’t take the time to promote yourself to me, and show/tell me why your book is better than the thousands that are already out there.
I’m not being mean, I’m being honest, especially for the self-publishing and Indie authors. Remember, it’s always the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, but just how squeaky is up to you.