A strange exercise in self promotion.

So it is a week since I started this strange exercise in self promotion and I have to say the net result is I am a bit rubbish at it. Others seem to excel at it. Easily sharing opinions, keeping the public aware of them. By contrast, I worry about every tweet, every word and letter until I lose momentum.

I posted my blog and people liked it. If I sound surprised then this is because I am. Perhaps you wonder why I wrote it if I didn’t expect this to be the outcome. Well, of course, I hoped. But in reality, the pessimist in me expected it to languish lonely in cyberspace. It’s strange to me that people I don’t know might randomly come across my blog and read it. Of course, this is the very definition of reading a book but walking into a book shop and plucking something off the shelf seems natural to me. It has taken me a while to realise that I could treat the Internet in the same way, that people treated it in this way. It makes me feel old to think that reading a book you have physically in your hand is becoming increasingly old-fashioned. Old, and a little depressed.

It has taken me a while to realise how the Internet works – I don’t mean the nuts and bolts of it, I don’t think I’ll ever understand that – but the way people treat it, think of it, work with it. I always vowed that I wouldn’t use Twitter or be the sort to post every thought on Facebook. And even now when I realise the usefulness of it, I still find myself hesitating. At heart I am a quiet person. (Okay, all those of you reading this who actually know me, you can stop laughing now.) What I mean is, I have never really put myself forward. It feels a little like volunteering information that no one asked for. So even as I am typing this it still feels strange.

As for the rest of my week, it has been spent in anticipation. The proofs of Shattered Reflections are ready and I am just waiting for them to arrive so I can start the project of editing them. Excitement bubbles under until they arrive.

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4 thoughts on “A strange exercise in self promotion.

  1. Huw Thomas

    I know just how you feel. I decided to go ‘independent’ at the end of last year. Publishing my books via Amazon was the easy part. (Ha!) Working out how to then make a noise and get people looking at my books… that’s a whole different ball game. It’s a steep learning curve and I’m only starting to climb it myself. You’ll get there but you need to hold onto that faith in yourself. You ARE a writer, you can do it.

  2. nettrobbens

    Hi Kepagewriter,

    First, thanks so much for stopping by and liking my post. Secondly, congrats on getting your proofs and getting ready for editing. That’s a huge step in the right direction. As for self-promotion, I used to be a lot like you. I enjoyed the background. But guess what? I’ve learned that the background won’t sell your book or you! You have a great product? Talk about it! Can wait to read your book!

    Best,
    N

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