Ali Cross, talked me into participating in Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group. Why kicking and screaming? Because I don't want to complain about the downs of my life as a writer. Not that I mind sharing my experiences, but I'm trying to remain positive and I'm afraid that once I get started, I won't be able to stop.
Some days I have a very long list.
The purpose of this little blog hop? The first Wednesday of each month, we're supposed to blog about the hard parts of writing and either seek for others encouragement or give it to others.The giving part should be easy enough. Yeah, I can do that. I enjoy praising others for their accomplishments. Maybe if I go at this from the "give encouragement" side, I'll have better luck sharing.
I know an author who has recently chosen to self-publish. The past few years, in both her writing career and her personal life, things haven't gone as well as she'd hoped and she's found herself in a situation where she'd never dreamed of being. Rejected by an agent. Dropped by her publisher. Alone in the very scary world of being an author. I'm very proud of her for choosing to represent herself and for taking control of her writing career. Being self published can be a very lonely place to be. Trust me, I know.
The problem I see is in how she's promoting herself and her work. Instead of being positive and upbeat, she's taken the "oh poor me" theme to an extreme, begging people to please buy her book because she's had such a tough go of it. Almost every post on her blog has the same tone, buy my book because you feel sorry for me and want to help me. I have to admit it's starting to have the opposite result than what she intended.
So, my advice to you is . . . be positive. Regardless of your situation, find the good things in your life and put your best foot forward when marketing yourself and your book.
Whew! That wasn't too painful. Thanks Ali.
How do you market yourself? What advice can you share with my followers?
To find out more about Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group,or to join in the fun, head on over to his blog and click on the linky.