Thanks to @HopeClark on Twitter for calling my attention to this post by former-literary-agent-turned-author Nathan Bransford. He explains exactly how it feels to be where I’m at right now when it comes to self promotion. I especially need to do it if I want my novel, when it comes out finally, to sell more than a dozen copies to my nearest friends and relatives. I don’t have a large publishing company behind me going to give me a big (or even that much of a little) marketing push. New Libri is a small press with a small budget.
But I am such a newbie at this that I’m sure I’m not keeping the balance between “used car salesman” selling and “quiet as a mouse” living in obscurity. So I keep apologizing when I do anything promotional-like which makes me look/feel …dumb I guess. I keep asking everyone to be patient with me while I stumble around trying to figure out how to do all this. But it’s me who has to be patient with myself. And when I think about it, stumbling through this self promotional maze isn’t so different from what I feel like I’m doing in life,,,,just putting one foot in front of the other and hoping I avoid most of the large piles of poo.