Another insecure writer’s support group post!
Today I am insecure mostly about promotions. To me that is one of the most difficult things about writing!
Although, I guess, it is not really a part of writing, but a part of selling what you’ve written. Maybe that is exactly why it is so difficult. Because when you say, “Hey! I’ve got a book for sale! You might like it, maybe?” across the internet, you are required to have a certain level of confidence in your work.
I know I never recommend products or services to my friends unless I really, truly, love them, or unless I’m sure that my friends will love them. And even though I really truly love all my books, I’m not always confident that everyone else will love them. So it is a major insecurity, and one that really interferes with my success as a bookseller.
I see other people do it: they pimp their books everywhere, share their great reviews, pop in to comment threads with links to their amazon pages…but I just can’t do it. What I end up doing instead is a halfhearted effort that sounds a lot like “Eh, I wrote this, it’s not bad, but maybe it’s not good, only if you like this sort of thing, and here’s the link… okay bye.” Which, as you might suspect, doesn’t sell a ton of books.
So I’m trying to get better at it.
Do you sell your writing? If so, how do you muster the confidence to promote yourself? Do you actually feel that confidence, or do you fake it? Any tips for an insecure seller like me?